Treatments for stage 0 stomach cancer

The following are treatment options for stage 0 stomach cancer. Your healthcare team will suggest treatments based on your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Surgery

Surgery is the standard treatment for stage 0 stomach cancer.

Endoscopic mucosal resection

Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a very specialized surgery used to treat small (less than 2 cm) early stage stomach cancer like stage 0 that has not spread deeply into the inner lining (mucosa) of the stomach. EMR is done using an endoscope placed through the mouth, down the throat and into the stomach.

Limited surgical resection

A limited surgical resection is surgery that removes a section of the stomach wall that contains the abnormal area along with a healthy margin.

Gastrectomy

A gastrectomy to remove all or part of the stomach is the most common type of surgery to treat stage 0 cancer.

Lymph node dissection

A lymph node dissection may be done to remove lymph nodes around the stomach for stage 0 stomach cancer.

Clinical trials

You may be asked if you want to join a clinical trial for stomach cancer. Find out more about clinical trials.

Expert review and references

  • 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.
  • National Cancer Institute. Gastric Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) Patient Version. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 2014.
  • National Cancer Institute. Gastric Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) Health Professional Version. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 2014.
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Gastric Cancer (Version 1.2014). National Comprehensive Cancer Network; 2014.