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.
Your doctor might offer you a choice of treatments. They will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment with you.
Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have a combination of drugs for advanced stomach cancer that has spread.
Advanced stage means your stomach cancer has spread. External radiotherapy can help to control your cancer and reduce symptoms.
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.
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 can help relieve symptoms of advanced stomach cancer if your cancer is causing a blockage.
Laser therapy uses hot beams of light to burn away cancer cells in the stomach.
A stent is a small metal or plastic tube put into the stomach to relieve a blockage and help food pass through.