Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, begins in the cells on the inside lining of the stomach. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of stomach cancer.

The Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at Valley treats all forms of stomach cancer. 

Stomach Cancer Symptoms

The following symptoms may indicate gastric cancer:

  • Feeling of being full in the abdomen, or pain, especially after eating a small meal
  • Dark stools
  • Excessive belching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting (may contain blood)
  • Overall decline in health
  • Swallowing problems, which worsen over time
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue

Many other illnesses and conditions can also produce these symptoms. If you’re experiencing anything unusual, discuss your concerns with your physician.

Stomach Cancer Treatment at Valley

Treatment options may include surgery (including minimally invasive procedures), radiation and chemotherapy, depending on the type of tumor and its stage.

Gastrectomy: Stomach Cancer Surgery

  • A radical gastrectomy (partial or complete) is the surgical procedure in which all or part of the stomach is removed together with surrounding lymph nodes.
  • Your surgeon will discuss with you whether you need a partial or complete gastrectomy, depending on the location of the cancer.
  • At Valley, we offer minimally invasive gastrectomy using robotic surgery. The extraordinary precision and control of the robotic technology allows this complex procedure to be performed through a few small incisions.

Medical and Radiation Therapy

Treatment for stomach cancer may also include chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Your team will discuss with you whether this is recommended for your particular cancer.

Why Choose Valley for Stomach Cancer?

  • Robotic surgery benefits: With robotic surgery for gastrectomy, patients recover much sooner, with less pain and less effect on the body’s ability to fight cancer. Early recovery also allows for transition to the next stage of cancer treatment without delay versus with open surgery.
  • Life after gastrectomy: Having all or part of your stomach removed can be both emotionally and physically challenging. Our team’s goal is to address all of the needs that arise with stomach cancer treatment. That includes providing support services to help you understand how to meet your nutritional and quality of life needs after gastrectomy.
  • Mount Sinai partnership: Valley and Mount Sinai have combined forces to create Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care. Through this partnership, our patients gain access to a greater array of clinical trials, as well as Mount Sinai cancer specialists.
  • Team approach: Treating complex gastrointestinal cancer is challenging. That’s why our Gastrointestinal Cancer Program uses a team approach to treatment: These diseases require skilled teams of physicians who are experienced and who focus specifically in these clinical areas. Our multidisciplinary teams combine expertise, compassion, and education into each patient’s individualized treatment plan.