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Your personal team of stomach cancer experts may include oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists, as well as specially trained nutritionists, nurses and others. They provide complete yet specialized treatment that is designed to provide optimum results and recovery. Stomach cancer can have a marked impact on your life, and our experts guide you every step of the way to help you cope and adjust.
Surgery for stomach cancer often is challenging, and your highest chances for a successful outcome are with a surgeon who has a high degree of experience and skill in these highly specialized procedures. Because MD Anderson is one of the nation's most active cancer centers, our surgeons use the latest techniques to perform a large number of delicate stomach cancer surgeries each year, with outcomes higher than many other cancer centers.
With groundbreaking research, MD Anderson's physicians have pioneered many improvements in the treatment of stomach cancer. We have led some of the largest international studies on chemotherapy for stomach cancer, and we continue to explore new, more-advanced treatments.
And at MD Anderson you're surrounded by the strength of one of the nation's largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the support and wellness services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about stomach cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
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Endometrial, uterine, stomach, ovarian, prostate and liver cancer can be clues to a family history of colon cancer. Ask about your family history of cancer.
BY Dave Bellows
The year 2012 started normally for me, my wife Katie and our 7-month-old son, Caleb. Everything changed after I started experiencing sporadic stomach pain. A family practitioner ordered exams, and I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Two days later, Dr. Mariela Blum at MD Anderson agreed to see me, the very next day.
We knew we’d made the right choice. Dr. Blum was kind, honest, humble and most important, positive.
"Why are you the best person to help me win this battle?" I asked. Dr. Blum responded, ‘I alone am not. But I’m part of a world-class team of surgeons, radiologists and oncologists. Our collaborative approach is what we believe provides you with the best care."
I asked my surgeon, Dr. Paul Mansfield, what he thought was the key to his patients’ success, expecting to hear about medical advancements or research. Instead he said, ‘Attitude, attitude, attitude.’ Our motto became ‘Let’s go take care of it’.
When we learned that infertility might be a side effect of treatment, we decided that as long as Caleb had a daddy, we’d worry about the rest later.
We continue to be impressed with the care we received at MD Anderson, especially from Dr. Mansfield, Dr. Blum and their teams. We welcomed our daughter, Gracie Blum, on Sept. 2, 2014. We feel she’s here because of an extra measure of grace and Dr. Blum’s willingness to quickly accept my case. We’ll never underestimate the power of prayer, a healthy support system and a positive attitude."
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