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Treatment for advanced cancer

Advanced stomach cancer is cancer that started in your stomach and has spread to another part of your body. Treatment can help to reduce symptoms, make you feel better and sometimes can help you to live longer. 

Treatment decisions for advanced cancer

Your doctor might offer you a choice of treatments. They will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment with you. 

Chemotherapy for advanced cancer

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have a combination of drugs for advanced stomach cancer that has spread. 

Radiotherapy for advanced cancer

Advanced stage means your stomach cancer has spread. External radiotherapy can help to control your cancer and reduce symptoms.

Targeted cancer drugs

You might have targeted cancer drugs for stomach cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (advanced stomach cancer). Targeted cancer drugs can change the way that cells work and help the body control the growth of cancer.

Controlling symptoms of advanced stomach cancer

Treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy or targeted drugs can sometimes help to reduce symptoms. Other treatments such as laser therapy or stents can treat a blockage in the stomach.

Surgery to relieve symptoms

Surgery can help relieve symptoms of advanced stomach cancer if your cancer is causing a blockage. 

Laser therapy

Laser therapy uses hot beams of light to burn away cancer cells. This can help control symptoms of advanced stomach cancer. 

Stomach stent

A stent is a small metal or plastic tube put into the stomach to relieve a blockage and help food pass through.

Last reviewed: 
16 Jan 2020
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