Treatment of stomach cancer
Stage I and Stage II stomach cancer can be treated by surgical intervention, this is usually a resection of the stomach, known as a total or subtotal gastrectomy accompanied by a lymph node dissection. Chemoradiation therapy may also precede treatment.
Stage III stomach cancer is treated with surgery and chemoradiation as well, which may be curative, however some patients at this stage may undergo surgery for symptomatic relief.
Stage IV stomach cancer represents cancer that has already spread to distant organs, and is difficult to cure. Chemoradiation therapy may be offered, and palliative surgery for symptomatic relief may be given, however curative treatment is no longer viable.
Stomach cancer in later stages is difficult to treat, and have a poor prognosis in the long run. However, through proper screening of high risk patients, the diagnosis of stomach cancer can be established earlier. Upon detection, early treatment can ensue with a good prognosis.
For patients with stage III stomach cancer, seeking treatment can still be curative and at the very least may help alleviate symptoms and provide comfort and relief.