What Is Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer (gastric cancer) is cancer that starts in any part of the stomach. Stomach cancer symptoms are different from those of other types of abdominal cavity organ cancers and it is also treated differently. The American Cancer Society estimates approximately 22,400 Americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer per year. Most of these people are in their 60s and 70s when diagnosed.

Although the incidence of most forms of stomach cancer has been declining, the incidence of gastroesophageal junction cancer (cancer where the esophagus meets the stomach) has been rising over the last 20 years. Researchers are unsure of the reason for this increase, but think that it may be related to eating foods with nitrates.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor about any clinical trials you should consider. Learn more about clinical trials for cancer patients.

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