Stomach (gastric) cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in males, and the sixth in females. When diagnosed at an early stage, usually through an OGD, it is often cured with adequate surgical therapy. An OGD may also detect the presence of a bacteria (Helicobacter Pylori), a known cause of stomach cancer that can be treated with oral medications.
If you experience epigastric pain, passing of black stools, vomiting and nausea, or loss of appetite and weight loss, it is advisable for you to undergo an OGD.
Surgery for stomach cancer must ensure that good surgical margins are obtained and should include adequate lymph node removal. In the early-staged disease, surgery is the only treatment that is required, whilst later-staged disease may require chemotherapy in addition.
At Melissa Teo Surgery and The Surgical Oncology Clinic, we aim to eradicate known causes of stomach cancer as well as detect any abnormalities that can be treated to prevent the development of stomach cancer. A personalised approach to the treatment of your stomach cancer is planned to ensure the best survival outcomes. In those with peritoneal disease from stomach cancer, we may employ the use of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS and HIPEC) or intraperitoneal and intravenous chemotherapy (IP/IV), working closely with our medical oncologists.