Treating Stomach Cancer
At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As a stomach cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of stomach cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This collaborative treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
Experience is what counts when it comes to complicated procedures like the clinical care of stomach cancer. Our GI Cancer Team has the know-how necessary to expertly care for your gastric tumors. At Scott & White, you’ll see doctors, not physicians’ assistants or fellows.
Our surgical oncologists have the necessary experience and skill in the complex gastric surgery required to treat stomach cancer. They’re experts at abdominal surgery. And they’re on the forefront of the development of new minimally invasive techniques that make surgery quicker and safer for you.
If diagnostic tests reveal the presence of gastric cancer, you’ll benefit from an team of specialists and subspecialists caring for you — your Integrated Care Team. The team includes nationally recognized experts in the field of GI tumors, treating hundreds of patients a year. They're specially trained in the absolute latest techniques in surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
The best part for a patient who comes here — and I’ve heard this from many patients over and over — is that we work as a team. All patients get comprehensive care from each discipline — surgical oncology, medical oncology, gastroenterology, radiation oncology — that’s coordinated for the patient’s benefit.
The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:
Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most current treatments available. We lead the way in advancing new therapies.
Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You
Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.
We assess all patients with a surgical opinion, a medical oncology opinion and a radiation oncology opinion. As a patient, we'll present you with the best treatment options for your stage of cancer so you can decide what's right for you.
Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.
Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.
Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.
Following active treatment, your oncology team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.
Your Treatment Options
At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options include:
Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options
Your treatment options for gastric cancer generally depend on these factors:
- Type and stage of cancer
- Whether your cancer has spread
- Possible side effects
- Your age
- Your overall health status
- Your personal preference
When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions — a lot of unanswered questions at that point — and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.