Stomach Cancer Surgery

Stomach Cancer Surgery consists of removing the cancer, nearby lymph nodes and part of the stomach, always depending on the severity of the disease and trying to leave the stomach as normal as possible. Therefore, the diagnosis will be key to determine the type of treatment to be carried out.

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Stomach Cancer Surgery in Spain

This surgery is very well known, so depending on the place where the cancer is, it can be treated with one technique or another. Different techniques are applied depending on the connection of the tumour between the oesophagus and the stomach.

If you currently require this type of surgery, do not hesitate to speak to our medical committee. They will evaluate your case and propose an immediate solution.

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    Treatment characteristics

    Esophageal and stomach cancer surgery is the type of treatment used to resect the affected part indicated for tumors in the esophagus and stomach.

    Risk factors, among others, for this pathology:

    Age and sex (usually patients between 55 and 70 years old and more men than women)

    Some symptoms for these cancers are;

    Poor appetite and weight loss (without being on a diet)

    Abdominal pain

    Unspecified discomfort in the abdomen, feeling of fullness at any meal, however small, and indigestion

    Acidity or heartburn

    Nausea and/or vomiting, with or without blood

    Swelling or accumulation of fluid in the abdomen

    Blood in the stool

    Surgery for stomach cancer is performed in stages I to III when the tumor is normally considered “resectable” and therefore operable.

    This surgery is known as a gastrectomy (with or without lymphadenectomy depending on the stage).

    This intervention is performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires between 3 to 6 hours.

    It consists of removing, totally or partially, the stomach and the possible affected areas (nodes or other parts of tissues).

    After your time in the recovery room, you may need to spend a night in the ICU. You will have to stay on the hospital ward for 6 to 10 days.

    After this intervention, the use of chemotherapy and even radiotherapy can be considered as post-surgical therapies to try and eradicate the cancer.

    The result varies depending on each patient, their physical condition and the tumour stage.

    If we are in the first two phases, the probabilities of overcoming this disease are very high.

    The probabilities of being clean of cancer diminish according to the stage so there will be cases in which our treatment is focused on maintaining a quality of life as satisfactory as possible.

    The time in Spain will depend on the stage in which the disease has been detected and when you begin treatment.

    You may need two to three months, or more, depending on the specific recommendations given by your doctor.

    If you came to us in the early stages, you may be able to return home after a month or two, although you will need to follow a strict check-up regime (in your country or in ours) to monitor your progress.

    Please note that the first five years after the initial treatments are the most critical in terms of relapses, but after this time, if the results of the control tests confirm it, we would be able to safely declare that we have overcome the disease.

    Relevant information

    Advantages

    • Use of innovative techniques to improve cancer outcomes.
    • High-level specialists in the oncological field who take care of patients during the postoperative period.
    • Reduction of the time of hospitalisation.

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)​.
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which you will be asked to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.​
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.​
    • If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!​
    • The same goes for any fasting that the doctor indicates, if you do not comply – You will not be able to have the surgery either.

    After treatment

    • After your treatment, the doctors involved in your treatment will want to be kept informed of your progress on a regular basis.
    • They will ask you to undergo a series of check-ups that you will have to undergo during the first years with different frequency, usually every 3 or 6 months. They will arrange visits and, in some cases, will ask you for some further tests to check that everything is under control.
    • They will certainly suggest a new nutrition plan and life habits that will help you in this new phase.
    • Keep in mind that your successful recovery also depends on you and how well you follow your doctor’s instructions.

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