Treatments for stomach cancer

If you have stomach cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for stomach cancer, your healthcare team will consider:

  • stage of the cancer
  • location of the tumour in the stomach
  • HER2 (ERBB2) status
  • your overall health

Expert review and references

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  • American Cancer Society. Stomach Cancer. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2014: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003141-pdf.pdf.
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Stomach cancer. Alexandria, VA.: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); 2014.
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  • BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). Stomach Cancer Management Guidelines. BC Cancer Agency; 2013: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/HPI/CancerManagementGuidelines/Gastrointestinal/02.Stomach/default.htm.
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  • National Cancer Institute. Gastric Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) Patient Version. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 2014.
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Treatments for stage 0 stomach cancer

Surgery is the main treatment for stage 0 stomach cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 0 stomach cancer.

Treatments for stage 1 stomach cancer

Surgery is the main treatment for stage 1 stomach cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 1 stomach cancer.

Treatments for stage 2 stomach cancer

Surgery, chemotherapy and chemoradiation are treatments for stage 2 stomach cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 2 stomach cancer.

Treatments for stage 3 stomach cancer

Surgery, chemotherapy and chemoradiation are treatments for stag 3 stomach cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 3 stomach cancer.

Treatments for stage 4 stomach cancer

Chemotherapy is a main treatment for stage 4 stomach cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 4 stomach cancer.

Treatments for recurrent stomach cancer

Treatment of recurrent stomach cancer includes chemotherapy, targeted therapy, surgery and radiation. Learn about treatments for recurrent stomach cancer.

Surgery for stomach cancer

There are different surgeries used to treat stomach cancer such as endoscopic mucosal resection and gastrectomy. Learn about surgery for stomach cancer.

Chemotherapy for stomach cancer

Chemotherapy is commonly used to treat stomach cancer. Learn how and when chemotherapy is used and what chemotherapy drugs are used.

Radiation therapy for stomach cancer

Radiation therapy is a treatment for stomach cancer. Learn about radiation therapy for stomach cancer.

Targeted therapy for stomach cancer

Targeted therapy is sometimes used to treat stomach cancer. Learn about targeted therapy drugs used to treat stomach cancer.

Follow-up after treatment for stomach cancer

Follow-up after stomach cancer treatment varies. Learn about scheduled follow-up appointments and the procedures and tests that may be done.