Stomach Cancer 101

Here is information about stomach cancer, risk factors, symptoms, screening, early detection, diagnosis, staging, choosing a treatment facility, treatments, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, molecular testing, genetics, clinical trials, and what's new in the diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer.  If you have any questions, contact our office at (855) 475-1200 or email us at  All services are free and we would be happy to help!

Stomach Cancer Overview

Stomach (gastric) cancer – those that begin in the stomach or the junctions of these two organs – is the second leading cause of cancer death in men and fourth among women worldwide. Each year nearly 950,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with stomach cancer, and approximately 700,000 die of the disease. Approximately 28,000 Americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer each year and over 11,000 will die within a year. While the incidence of stomach cancer has been dropping steadily in this country since World War II, it remains a major global health problem and is estimated to be the fourth most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Chile, and the former Soviet Union all have a very high incidence of gastric cancer. This high incidence is believed to be related to eating a diet consisting of heavily smoked, salted, and pickled foods.

Stomach Cancer Guidelines for Patients

Debbies's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer has partnered with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to provide the most up-to-date guidelines for patients. NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, patient-friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), are meant to help patients with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease.

2023 NCCN Stomach Cancer Guidelines

2022 Esophageal Cancer Guidelines

2021 Stomach Cancer Guidelines

2019 Guidelines

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Side Effect Management During Treatment

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Stomach (Gastric) Cancer Survival Rates

Survival rates are based on the cancer stages and generally given as a percentage of the patients who are able to survive 5 years or more after they are diagnosed. Patients should be advised that the survival rates are just a general guideline based upon relative survival, which measures the survival of the cancer patient…

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Symptoms, Screening & Early Detection

Screening and Early Detection In parts of Asia where stomach cancer is highly prevalent, aggressive screening programs have had some success in detecting early cancers and improving the outcomes. In the United States, there are no effective screening methods and no established programs for primary prevention or early detection. In addition, the symptoms of stomach…

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The Role of Cancer Genome Profiling In The Care of Stomach Cancer

For cancer patients, caregivers and providers, there is good reason for enthusiasm about the potential research into the cancer genome to help guide more effective cancer therapy. In stomach cancer, there is already a role for specific testing in the care of patients with advanced or Stage 4 disease. There are, however, a number of…

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The Role of Genetic Testing In Evaluating For Inherited Causes Of Stomach Cancer

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Treatment Options – Surgery, Chemotherapy, Targeted Treatments, and Radiation

Surgery Read Complete Content When the cancer is confined to the stomach, surgery is the essential component to all curative treatments for gastric cancer. The goal of surgery for potentially curable stomach cancer is to remove all of the cancer while preserving as much of the patient’s normal gastric function as possible. All stomach cancer…

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Types of Stomach Cancer

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What’s New In the Diagnosis and Treatment of Stomach Cancer?

There have not been any major advances for patients with stomach cancer in recent years, but there are a number of important areas of research that have shown promise and progress in improving the outlook for patients with this disease. Advances have been made in the use of imaging techniques that allow for more precise…

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Your First Doctor Visit & Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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