The program for the treatment of gastric cancer integrates state-of-the-art care from multiple specialties. This includes coordination of diagnostic evaluations with Radiology (CT scan, MRI) and Gastroenterology (endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound). Once patients have been carefully staged, patients who will benefit from surgical treatment are identified and evaluated in collaboration with our Radiation and Medical Oncologists. This results in an optimization of the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of gastric cancer. Appropriate integration of minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasound along with surgical lymphadenectomy techniques are utilized. Decisions about preoperative therapy versus post-operative chemotherapy and/or radiation are made to optimize patient’s chances of survival.
The Division of Endocrine and Oncologic surgery is involved in multiple studies to improve the care of these patients and is continually integrating these treatments to best serve patients with gastric cancer.