Why choose us for stomach cancer care?
Our South Texas community has abnormally high rates of stomach cancer. Doctors at Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, offer uncommon expertise for this condition. A team of experts specializing in gastrointestinal cancers such as stomach cancer tailors services to meet your needs.
You’ll find sophisticated procedures such as endoscopic mucosal resection that are gentler on your body than traditional surgery. We also offer innovative options, such as immunotherapy, and supportive care, such as nutrition counseling. Our experience from treating a high volume of stomach cancer patients helps us anticipate your needs so you receive timely care.
Stomach cancer is one of the many forms of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer we treat.
What you need to know about stomach cancer
- Being overweight (obese), drinking too much alcohol and using tobacco increase your chances of stomach cancer. There are other risks that you can’t control, such as your age and whether stomach cancer runs in your family.
- Early-stage stomach cancer often does not cause symptoms, making it difficult to detect. Our expertise and specialized testing capabilities enable us to catch cancer earlier.
- In later stages, cancer grows into deeper layers of stomach tissue and may spread. Coming to an experienced program such as ours gives you access to advanced care options and clinical trials, if you are eligible.
How to talk to your doctor about stomach cancer
A stomach cancer diagnosis can bring worries and uncertainty to your life, but we’re here to help. We take time to address your concerns and explain the risks and benefits of care recommendations.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing, if any, to learn more about the size and location of the cancer
- Cancer stage — the size of the cancer and whether it has spread — and what it means for your long-term health
- Treatment options, which may include chemotherapy, surgery or a nonsurgical procedure
- Potential treatment side effects and therapies that help you feel more like yourself again
- Support to help you push past challenges that may include anxiety or difficulty getting to and from appointments
Many patients take comfort in the assistance they receive from loved ones. Your family members or trusted friends are welcome to join you during care appointments. If you prefer, we can discuss care options as a group, so you feel less alone in your care journey.
Our expertise includes common and complex forms of stomach cancer:
- Adenocarcinoma forms in the tissue lining the inside of the stomach.
- Gastrointestinal (GI) stromal tumors (GISTs) are abnormal growths in nerve cells within the stomach and other digestive organs.
- GI neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) occur in the cells that make hormones, chemical messengers that control your digestive system. Read more about neuroendocrine tumors.
- Primary gastric lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in infection-fighting cells in the stomach.