Like any cancer, treatment is adapted to fit each person's individual needs and depends on the size, location, and extent of the tumor, the stage of the disease, and general health.
- The only way to cure stomach cancer is to find it early and remove the tumour with surgery. If it has not spread outside the stomach, then an operation to remove either the whole stomach or just the affected part of it may be done.
- In advanced cases, surgery will not cure the cancer but may be needed to treat symptoms such as vomiting, pain or bleeding.
- Chemotherapy may be used after surgery to try to reduce the chances of the cancer coming back. The additional treatment is known as adjuvant chemotherapy. Radiotherapy is not usually used to try and cure stomach cancer, but is sometimes used to relieve symptoms if cancer has spread outside the stomach.