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Stomach Cancer

Screening and Diagnosis | Personalized Treatment | Research and Clinical Trials | Additional Patient Support

Cancers of the stomach, also called gastric cancer, develop from cells that form the lining of the innermost layer of the stomach (the mucosa) where stomach acid and digestive juices are made. About 13,000 men and 8,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with stomach cancer.

The experienced, collaborative team of specialists at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center combines the most advanced scientific knowledge and technology with a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care, creating a program of personalized medicine and patient-centered care for each individual diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Drawing from the diverse experience of physicians, surgeons, nurses, researchers and a host of other highly trained healthcare professionals, the Kellogg Cancer Center team works collaboratively and is dedicated to putting patients—and families—at the center of a healthcare experience that delivers compassionate, quality care.

Patients who are newly diagnosed with stomach cancer have the added support of a specialized oncology nurse navigator to guide them through their diagnosis and treatment.

Stomach Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

Combined with a medical history and exam, stomach cancer is diagnosed and staged using various imaging technologies, which could include MRI, CT scan, endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound.

Tissue samples of suspicious tumors are removed and sent for biopsy in NorthShore’s expert pathology lab. This on-site resource ensures that a majority of tests and novel diagnostics are completed in house, providing swift results and thus beginning treatment as early as possible.

Personalized Stomach Cancer Treatment

Surgery is the most common stomach cancer treatment option. Additionally, multimodal strategies combining surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are often used to ensure optimal outcomes for patients with stomach cancer.

Every week, your multidisciplinary team meets in a multidisciplinary conference to discuss each patient’s case in detail and to design a personalized stomach cancer treatment plan. For stomach cancer your team may include your medical oncologistsurgeon, gastroenterologist, radiation oncologistoncology nurse, geneticist, pathologist, nutritionist, pharmacist, interventional radiologist, social worker and researchers, all focused on you. Because NorthShore focuses on early stomach cancer diagnosis, our medical genetics team is an important collaborator in treating patients with stomach cancer. This "meeting of the minds" provides critical input, resulting in an individualized care plan outlining the best course of action for each patient.

NorthShore’s Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Program, brings additional specialized expertise to our patients. This sophisticated technology is becoming more important in helping to diagnose, precisely stage and treat benign and malignant tumors in the GI tract.

Patients are at the center of our multidisciplinary team, and Kellogg staff arrange for them to be seen by their multidisciplinary specialists at one appointment, not only for their convenience but to provide a consensus on their course of treatment. Our use of one of the most advanced Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems in the country enhances our open communication and promotes collaboration in our patient care.

Research and Clinical Trials

For patients diagnosed with stomach cancer, a vital research enterprise allows Kellogg patients access to the latest drugs and treatment options, as well as a wide array of clinical trials, both at NorthShore and through the University of Chicago, where more than 800 of our attending physicians hold academic appointments. NorthShore's experts in stomach cancer are active participants and leaders in regional and national research, academic and advocacy organizations.

NorthShore’s nationally recognized Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system offers a data warehouse that enables physicians and researchers to integrate molecular and genomics data with clinical data to determine a patient’s best course of stomach cancer treatment. This information—specific to each patient—helps create an individually tailored treatment plan based on the patient’s genetic makeup and type of cancer. This analysis is yielding new insights into complex diseases and identifying opportunities to improve patient outcomes,  as well as addressing the risk factors in individual and family medical histories.

Our extensive tumor bank supports both tumor profiling and the effort by NorthShore’s Center for Molecular Medicine to develop an early warning system for this often deadly disease.

NorthShore is the first in the nation to provide our patients and their family members with Health Heritage, a secure tool that helps individuals create a complete family health history and personalized risk reports.

Additional Patient Support

Kellogg Cancer Center’s unique services and resources assist patients and family members with a variety of challenges they may face from diagnosis, treatment and beyond. A wide array of support services are available to patients that include our integrative medicine services, financial advocacy and survivorship, to name a few.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 847.570.2112.