What is the treatment for stomach cancer?
Endoscopic resection can treat early-stage cancers. Small cancers on the inner lining of the stomach can be removed using endoscopy. The surgeon passes an endoscope down your throat and into the stomach. Special tools are used to remove the cancer and surrounding tissue from the stomach lining.
Gastrectomy involves removing a part of the stomach affected with cancer, or even the whole stomach. In the latter, the esophagus is directly joined to the small intestine. This provides a passageway for food to move through the digestive system.
Lymph node removal is performed to examine lymph nodes and check for cancer cells.
Why surgery for stomach cancer?
Surgery is the most effective method to remove stomach cancer. For many tumours, surgery is the primary treatment for cancer. The cancer can be cured through surgical methods to remove the cancerous tumour. This is especially in cases where the cancer is localised and has not spread. Surgery assesses the chance of your cancer being cured, as well as the need for further treatment. It can be combined with other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Why laparoscopic treatment?
The surgeon operates through smaller cuts in the stomach, instead of one large opening. A laparoscope is placed through the cuts to view and operate your stomach.
Usually, several small cuts and one larger cut are used in this operation. The surgeon removes your stomach through the larger cut.
Laparoscopic treatment is minimally invasive with less scarring and faster recovery time. This means you will be able to resume daily activities in a shorter time.
What to expect?
Before the surgery
- You will undergo tests to ensure you are physically well for surgery.
- Give up or reduce smoking.
- Eat well to prepare for the operation.
During the surgery
- A laparoscope is used to examine the stomach.
- A few small cuts and one larger cut are made.
- Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.
After the procedure
- Do not eat or drink till 48 hours after surgery.
- You may be discharged within 10 to 14 days and rest for a few more days before resuming normal activities.
- Appointment with doctor to make sure you are healing well and for advice on your diet.