Information on Stomach (Gastric) Cancer from the National Cancer Institute
Definition of stomach cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues lining the stomach. Also called gastric cancer. Estimated new cases and deaths from stomach cancer in the United States in 2009: New cases: 21,130; Deaths: 10,620. See the online booklet What You Need To Know About™ Stomach Cancer to learn about stomach cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and questions to ask the doctor. Read more at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.
Information on Stomach Cancer at the Mayo Clinic
MayoClinic.com Stomach Cancer Information
Information on Stomach Cancer from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Although stomach cancer, known medically as gastric cancer, has become far less common over the past 60 years in the United States and Western Europe, over 21,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year and over 10,000 will die. Despite advances, stomach cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in much of the rest of the world, especially Japan, Eastern Europe, South America and parts of the Middle East. This variation in the occurrence of stomach cancer is likely due to differences in diet, the rate of infection with Helicobacter pylori and environment. Read more at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Interactive Risk Questionnaire: Stomach Cancer
Although stomach cancer, known medically as gastric cancer, has become far less common over the past 60 years in the United States and Western Europe, over 21,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease this year and over 10,000 will die. Despite advances, stomach cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in much of the rest of the world, especially Japan, Eastern Europe, South America and parts of the Middle East. This variation in the occurrence of stomach cancer is likely due to differences in diet, the rate of infection with Helicobacter pylori and environment. Read more at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
Interactive Tool: Gastric Carcinoma Nomogram: Post-Surgery
In consultation with a physician, this tool can be used by patients with stomach cancer to calculate the chance of survival up to nine years after surgery (complete resection). Only patients whose surgery has been within the last six months can use this tool. Access this tool at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Webcast: Stomach Cancer Treatment Advances
Linus Ho, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology at MD Anderson speaks on advances in stomach cancer treatments. 38 minute presentation.
Podcast: Johns Hopkins Medical News Roundup
Podcast topics include H. pylori infection and stomach cancer.
Video: Gastric (Stomach) Cancer
An in depth definition of gastric (stomach) cancer is given in this video animation, including the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract and the various stages of the cancer at the Medical University of South Carolina Video Library.
Surgical treatment of gastric cancer.
Guideline Objective: To guide primary care physicians to the appropriate utilization of surgical procedures on the alimentary tract or related organs. See National Guideline Clearinghouse major recommendations.
Staging laparoscopy for gastric cancer. In: Diagnostic laparoscopy guidelines.
To assist surgeons' decisions about the appropriate use of staging laparoscopy in patients with gastric cancer; To update the previous 2002 guidelines on this topic. See National Guideline Clearinghouse major recommendations.
A Phase II Trial of Combined Treatment of Endoscopic Mucosal Resection and Chemoradiotherapy for Clinical Stage I Esophageal Carcinoma: Japan Clinical Oncology Group Study JCOG0508
Standard treatment for clinical stage I esophageal cancer with submucosal invasion (T1b) has been surgical resection. We conducted a Phase II trial to evaluate the efficacy and the safety of combined treatment of endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and chemoradiotherapy for clinical stage I (T1b) esophageal cancer. Patients diagnosed as having clinical stage I (T1b) esophageal cancer which is considered to be resectable by EMR are eligible. Full text available free through PubMed.
Localized Gastric or Gastroesophageal Cancer – Chemoradiation Is a Pertinent Component of Adjuvant Treatment for Patients at High Risk of Relapse
The standard of care for resectable gastric or gastroesophageal (GE) junction cancer for patients who can tolerate a surgical procedure is surgical resection, but surgery alone is not optimal treatment for patients at high risk for relapse. For patients with lower-risk lesions (confined to gastric wall, nodes negative; T1-2N0M0), local-regional relapse risks are low, and adjuvant radiotherapy is usually not recommended, except in select instances. Since both local-regional and systemic relapses are common after resection of high-risk gastric or GE junction cancers (beyond wall, nodes positive, or both; T3-4N0, TanyN+), adjuvant treatment is indicated for these patients. The results of phase III trials that demonstrate a survival benefit for adjuvant preoperative radiotherapy, postoperative chemoradiation, or preoperative chemoradiation vs. surgery alone will be presented and compared with the results of adjuvant perioperative chemotherapy. Full text available free through PubMed.
Abstract: Induction chemotherapy with docetaxel, 5-FU and CDDP (DFP) for advanced gastric cancer.
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of modified triplet chemotherapy with docetaxel, 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin as induction chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer (AGC). See Abstract at PubMed.
Dietary intake of selected micronutrients and gastric cancer risk: an Italian case-control study
Background: A high consumption of non-starchy vegetables and fruits likely decreases the risk of gastric cancer, but no specific constituent of plant foods has been consistently identified to explain this association. Full text available free through the Annals of Oncology.
Abstract: Early Helicobacter pylori eradication decreases risk of gastric cancer in patients with peptic ulcer disease.
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) is a risk factor for gastric cancer. We investigated whether early H pylori eradication is associated with gastric cancer risk in patients with peptic ulcer diseases. See Abstract at PubMed.
Abstract: Intracorporeal stapled anastomosis following laparoscopic segmental gastrectomy for gastric cancer: technical report and surgical outcomes.
BACKGROUND: Limited gastrectomy for early gastric body cancers can offer a better functional outcome by preserving more remnant stomach. Intracorporeal stapled techniques result in cosmesis and avoid awkward anastomosis through a minilaparotomy. Read Abstract at PubMed.
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