Treatment and support
Treatment for stomach cancer
Your treatment plan will depend on the type, size and location of the cancer, and if it has spread.
Macmillan Cancer Support has more information on the main treatments for stomach cancer, including:
- the different types of surgery for stomach cancer
- chemotherapy for stomach cancer
- radiotherapy for stomach cancer
- medicines that change the way the cancer cells grow, called targeted therapy for stomach cancer
Your clinical nurse specialist, as well as the other specialists in your care team, will support you and your loved ones throughout your treatment.
They will explain the treatments, discuss any changes you need to make, and answer your questions.
Treatment for advanced stomach cancer
If you have advanced stomach cancer, the aim of your treatment may be to control the cancer and its symptoms, and help you live longer.
Your specialists will talk to you about your options and work with you to decide on a treatment plan. They can also help you manage any symptoms or side effects.
Macmillan Cancer Support has more information about coping with advanced cancer.
After you have treatment
When you are no longer having treatment, you'll have regular check-ups with the group of specialists looking after you.
They will check that you're healing and recovering from any treatment and see how you are coping. You might also have some tests and scans.
A dietician and physiotherapist will help you with any changes to your diet and your physical recovery.
You'll usually have a check-up every 3 months for the 1st year once you are no longer having treatment.
If you have any symptoms or side effects that you are worried about, talk to your specialists. You do not need to wait for your next check-up.
Where to get help and support
You may want to start by talking to your clinical nurse specialist, or another member of your specialist team. They will be able to give you information on local support services that you may find helpful.
- Macmillan Cancer Support online forum where you can talk to other people about stomach cancer
- Macmillan Cancer Support helpline on 0808 808 0000 is available 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm
- Macmillan Cancer Support local support services
- Cancer Research UK nurse helpline on 0808 800 4040 is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
- Cancer Research UK online cancer chat forum