At Orange County CyberKnife, we believe there’s always hope in the fight against cancer no matter how dire the situation may seem. As a leading provider of radiation therapy treatments in the Orange County area, we’re proud to help our patients battle cancer every day, and we strive to make the treatment process convenient and comfortable for our patients. No matter what treatment you and your doctor choose, the first step to recovery is education – and here are a few answers to some common questions on esophageal and stomach cancer.
Stomach cancer refers to any cancerous tumor or growth that begins in the cells of the stomach. Stomach cancer is a rare condition, and because it produces few symptoms, it often isn’t diagnosed until later stages, which makes it harder to cure. However, treatment is always possible, and even late-stage stomach cancer can be treated in some cases
As with most cancers, the exact causes of stomach cancer aren’t well understood. However, research has identified a number of risk factors which, if present, increase the likelihood of someone contracting stomach cancer. These include:
As with many forms of cancer, stomach cancer often doesn’t produce symptoms until a late stage. However, if it is symptomatic, signs may include:
Your doctor will rely on a physical exam, your family and personal medical history, and a number of tests to diagnose stomach cancer:
Treatment options vary widely from patient to patient, and your own treatment will depend on the specifics of your condition. However, some of the most common treatments for esophageal and stomach cancer includes:
Getting a second opinion is recommended for most patients – in fact, some insurance policies require a second opinion before starting treatment. It is within your rights to get a second opinion whether you act on it or not. There are a number of options for finding a cancer doctor for a second opinion:
Remember – getting a second opinion is within your rights as a patient, and you should never be afraid to ask for a second opinion. Second opinions are a standard part of the cancer treatment process and can help shed new light on your condition and treatment options. At Orange County CyberKnife, we’re always happy to provide a second opinion – just call us at 714.962.7100 to schedule an appointment.
Depending on the severity of your cancer, your doctor may recommend a partial or whole gastrectomy. In a partial gastrectomy, a surgeon removes only part of your stomach, while in a whole gastrectomy, you’ll have all of your stomach removed. Surprisingly, the dietary restrictions you’ll face after stomach cancer surgery aren’t as extreme as you may think. After the recovery period, people who have a partial gastrectomy can often eat almost the same as they did before the surgery – although some changes may be required. After a whole gastrectomy, you may have to take nutrition through a feeding tube during the recovery period. However, after healing, you’ll be able to chew and swallow food the same as you did before. Many patients find they prefer to eat smaller, more frequent meals, and you may have to make some dietary changes. However, you’ll still be able to eat and enjoy food as a part of life even after a whole gastrectomy.
A stomach or esophageal cancer diagnosis can be scary, but it’s never something you have to face alone. Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options and schedule a consultation for treatment. We’ll help you choose a treatment plan that works for you, support you through the process, and help you beat your cancer. We look forward to hearing from you.