Stomach Cancer

Stomach Cancer must be detected at its earliest stage in order to eliminate it. If you have symptoms or have been diagnosed, we can help you with treatment at our expert clinics in Spain.

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Stomach Cancer treatment in Spain

Stomach Cancer, also known as Gastric Cancer, is any malignant tumor that arises from cells in any of the layers of the stomach.

Oncology clinics in Spain have an excellent outcome in surgeries and treatments that can be compared with the best oncology centers in the United States. These treatments, compared to countries like Germany or Israel are more affordable in Spain.

Spain has centers for proton therapy, Cyberknife for minimally invasive surgeries. Oncology hospitals in Spain are at the leaders in diagnosis and treatment.

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    Treatment characteristics

    Some of the symptoms are:

    • Poor appetite and weight loss (without dieting)
    • Abdominal pain
    • Unspecified discomfort in the abdomen, feeling of fullness from any food, however small,  indigestion
    • Acidity or burning
    • Nausea and/or vomiting, with or without blood
    • Swelling or accumulation of fluid in the abdomen
    • Blood in stool

    These are risk factors, among others, for this pathology:

    • Age and gender (usually patients between 55 and 70 years old and more men than women)
    • A diet too rich in salt (salted, pickled, smoked…)
    • Tobacco
    • Alcohol
    • Genetic predisposition from Hereditary factors

    There are different treatments depending on the stage of the disease.

    In stages I to III the tumor is usually considered “resectable” and therefore operable. In these cases we will undergo a surgical intervention known as gastrectomy (with or without lymphadenectomy depending on the condition). This intervention consists of removing, totally or partially, the stomach and the possible affected areas (nodes or other parts of tissues). After this intervention, the use of chemotherapy and even radiotherapy can be considered as post-surgical therapies to try to eradicate the cancer.

    In stage IV the tumour is considered “unresectable” and therefore the main treatment to fight it will be chemotherapy which can be combined with other drugs, surgery and radiotherapy.

    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.

    This will depend on the stage in which the disease has been detected. Your recovery time may range from two to three months or more, depending on your individual case, your doctor may specify a longer period of time.

    If you came to us in the early stages, you may be able to return home after a month or two, although you will have to maintain a close follow-up with your medical team (in your country or in ours) to check your progress.

    You must bear in mind 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 can say that we have overcome the disease.

    The 5-year survival rate for people with stomach cancer is 31%. This statistic reflects the fact that most people are diagnosed when the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body.

    If stomach cancer is found before it has spread, the 5-year survival rate is usually higher, but it depends on the stage of the cancer found during surgery.

    If the cancer is diagnosed and treated before it has spread from the stomach, the 5-year survival rate is 67%. If the cancer has spread to nearby tissues or organs or to regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 31%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 5%.

    Relevant information

    Spain ratie:

    • The 5-year survival rate for people with stomach cancer, when found in the initial stages is 67%

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation, medical and travel confirmations.
    • 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, the doctor will tell you when you should come to undergo the most appropriate treatment.
    • If the doctor has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the intervention, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to be treated.

    After treatment

    • Your medical team will want to be kept regularly informed of your progress.
    • They will ask you to undergo a series of checks that will have to be carried out during the first few years at different intervals, usually every 3 or 6 months. Your doctors will arrange visits and, in some cases, you will be asked to undergo further testing to ensure that everything is under control.
    • They will certainly suggest a new nutrition plan and life habits that will help you in this new phase.
    • Please remember that successful recovery and a better quality of life also depends on you and on following the guidelines given by your doctors!

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