Surgery is the main treatment option for many stomach cancers. The goal of surgery for Stomach Cancer is to remove the entire tumor and some normal-looking tissue called the surgical margin.The type of surgery used to treat stomach cancer is called Gastrectomy. A Gastrectomy removes some or all of the stomach, depending on the extent of the cancer.
A total Gastrectomy.
A subtotal Gastrectomy.
Laparoscopic Gastrectomy is appropriate for some, but not all stomach cancers.
Lymph node dissection.
During the Gastrectomy, some lymph-nodes near your stomach will also be removed and tested for cancer.
Stomach Cancer is grouped into stages to help plan treatment:
The clinical stage of Stomach Cancer is based on the result of pre-surgical treatment. The clinical stage provides a best estimate of the extent of the cancer spread.
The pathologic stage of stomach cancer is based on the results of surgery. The pathologic stage is very important because it gives a much more accurate picture of how the cancer has spread.