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How We Treat Stomach Cancer

If you have stomach or gastric cancer, harmful mutations take place in the different types of cells that make up your stomach. To deal with this serious condition, you need expert treatment and care.

That’s why you should turn to our team at the Center for Advanced Surgery. Our specialized team of gastroesophageal and endoscopic surgeons, led by Marc Ward, MD, and Steven Leeds, MD, can recommend the best course of treatment for you. With treatment, we directly address your stomach cancer and safeguard your long-term health and wellness.

Diagnosis and treatment for stomach cancer

There are several different types of stomach cancer, including adenocarcinoma, the most commonly diagnosed, as well as neuroendocrine tumors, primary gastric lymphoma, and gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).

It’s not typically clear what causes stomach cancers. Most patients don’t have a family history of the condition. Smoking and previous stomach surgeries appear to heighten your risk of developing stomach cancer. 

After about a year of slow growth, sometimes without symptoms, gastric cancer can progress to advanced stages or metastasize.

Gastric cancer often comes with potentially painful or uncomfortable symptoms. You could experience symptoms such as lasting, severe heartburn, persistent nausea or vomiting, or feeling full or bloated after eating only small amounts.

We take a multidisciplinary approach to treating stomach cancer at the Center for Advanced Surgery. With state-of-the-art surgical techniques like laparoscopy, we minimize your recovery time after your procedure. 

Our team does everything we can to maintain your digestive system’s smooth functioning and not damage your ongoing quality of life as we address your stomach cancer.

Surgical approaches to stomach cancer

For some patients with esophageal and gastric cancer, endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) may be the best treatment solution. ESD lets us remove a tumor in one complete piece, while still leaving your esophagus or stomach in place.

ESD is often considered to be a cure for stomach cancer, because it’s so rare for cancer to recur after this procedure.

You might need surgery to remove potentially harmful gastric cancer tumors. At the Center for Advanced Surgery, we use laparoscopic partial and total gastrectomies to remove cancerous tumors. Depending on the progression of your cancer, we may need to remove part or all of your stomach, to be sure of clearing your system of cancerous cells.

During a laparoscopic gastrectomy, you’re asleep and won’t feel any pain. We only need to make a few small incisions in your abdomen so we can access your stomach with a laparoscope. We use specialized surgical tools to remove the necessary tissues, guided by the real-time imaging capabilities of the laparoscope.

To find out more about your treatment options for gastric cancer, get in touch with the team at the Center for Advanced Surgery today. 

You can book an appointment at our convenient offices in Tyler, Plano, and Dallas, Texas, by giving us a call, or use the online tool to request your session now.

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