HEALTH ALERT!  For the safety of our patients and staff, effective March 30, 2020, new patients and patients with disabilities will be permitted one visitor over the age of 15. No other visitors will be permitted into the clinic.  Family members and caretakers may participate in the appointments remotely by phone or video conference if desired. Compass is working with other health care providers in the area to help contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus. We are taking active steps to minimize your exposure to the virus. These steps include screening everyone who enters the clinic for signs of illness, banning most visitors in the clinic, minimizing our own staffing and allowing some employees to work from home, and frequent sanitation of the clinic. We are using personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, gloves, and face-shields according to national guidelines. We are working to identify those patients whose visits or treatments can be safely delayed, and we will notify you of this if you have an upcoming visit.  We ask that you stay home if you have fever and/or cough.

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Stomach Cancer Treatment Options

The main treatments for stomach (gastric) cancer are:

  • Surgery - Surgery may be done to remove the cancer and part or all of the stomach and some nearby lymph nodes, depending on the type and stage of stomach cancer.  
  • Chemotherapy Chemotherapy (chemo) may be given before surgery (neoadjuvant treatment) to shrink the tumor, after surgery (adjuvant treatment) to remove the cancer, or as the primary (main) treatment for stomach cancer that has metastasized (spread) to distant organs. 
  • Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy may be used along with chemo before surgery to help shrink the tumor and/or after surgery to help kill any remaining cancer. It may also be used to slow the growth and ease the symptoms of advanced stomach cancer. 
  • Targeted Therapies Targeted therapy drugs may work in some cases of stomach cancer when standard chemo drugs don’t.  
  • Immunotherapy Immunotherapy medicines may be used to help the patient’s own immune system find and destroy stomach cancer cells.  

Who Treats Stomach Cancer? 

Before treatment begins, a team of doctors will create a plan specific to your needs. The team typically consists of a surgical oncologist, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist. In cases of stomach cancer, a gastroenterologist may also be included as they specialize in diseases of the digestive system. 

Nutritional Needs For Patients Undergoing Treatment for Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer may make it harder for patients to eat and digest food. However, proper nutrition is essential to treatment and recovery. At Compass Oncology, our registered dietitian and oncology nutritional services help our patients going through stomach cancer treatment understand how to maintain nutrition during treatments in order to stay strong. 

Some patients may receive nutrition through an IV (intravenous) until they are able to eat on their own. This will be discussed with the oncologist and dietitian to determine if this is needed and for how long.