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Gastric Cancer Treatments and Services
The Johns Hopkins Gastric Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary team provides innovative and evidence-based treatments and services that are tailored to the unique needs of each patient. We combine the expertise of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists — alongside gastroenterologists, dietitians and other specialists—to create specific treatment programs based on individual patients’ needs.
Our Treatment Research
Gastric cancer patients receiving surgery, chemotherapy and radiation appear to have better survival rates than those who had surgery followed by only chemotherapy.
Early diagnosis of gastric cancers can lead to better outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists and radiologists will determine the best diagnostic test and treatment for you.
Surgery for Gastric Cancer
Surgery is very common during the treatment of gastric cancer. The surgical approach depends on the type of cancer, size of the tumor, and whether the cancer has spread to other organs.
Chemotherapy for Gastric Cancer
There are several types of chemotherapy and targeted drug therapies that can be used to treat certain types of gastric cancer. Our multidisciplinary team will determine which treatments (or combinations of treatments) are best for you.
Radiation Therapy for Gastric Cancer
Radiation therapy targets specific tumors, kills microscopic remnants of cancer, shrinks tumors, and alleviates some of the symptoms associated with gastric cancer.
Life After Gastric Cancer Treatment
The medical and support staff at the Johns Hopkins Gastric Center are available to help current and former patients with the recovery process after treatment.
Palliative treatments are available for patients with extremely advanced or inoperable gastric cancer. Palliative medical methods reduce pain, and improve a patient’s quality of life.
Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)
Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HGDC) is an inherited cancer that increases the risk of developing diffuse-type gastric cancer and breast cancer. Our Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic staff will evaluate patients from HDGC families and provide management and testing recommendations.
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