A surgical oncologists may recommend a total gastrectomy – the removal of the entire stomach – as a treatment for stomach cancer. However, this operation is typically only recommended in situations where a partial gastrectomy – the removal of part of the stomach – would not be adequate to remove all of the cancerous cells from a patient’s body. For instance, hereditary diffuse gastric cancer (HDGC) is a condition that tends to spread quickly throughout the entire organ, so the complete removal of the stomach may be an appropriate treatment option.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our goal is to help each patient achieve his or her best possible survival outcome, while still maintaining a high quality of life. When a total gastrectomy is necessary to treat extensive or late-stage cancer, we offer a full spectrum of supportive care services to help our patients adjust to life after surgery, including:
- Supplemental nutrition for the first several weeks after surgery
- Nutritional counseling to help patients adjust to new dietary restrictions and consume adequate calories to prevent rapid weight loss
- Vitamin supplementation as needed
As one of the largest cancer centers in the nation, Moffitt has substantial experience performing complex gastrointestinal oncology procedures, including partial and total gastrectomies. We have a team of surgeons who exclusively treat gastric malignancies, giving them extensive knowledge of today’s most effective techniques.
To learn more about the surgical stomach cancer treatments performed at Moffitt Cancer Center, including total and partial gastrectomy procedures, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. You can request an appointment with or without a physician’s referral.