Stomach Cancer

Duke’s stomach cancer specialists use the latest medical and surgical advances to find and treat stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, at the earliest possible stage. We give you personalized care to aggressively treat your stomach cancer, while letting you enjoy the highest quality of life and health possible.

Medical Advances in Stomach Cancer

If you or someone you know is concerned about stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer, you need a healthcare team that uses the most effective techniques and treatments. You also need a thorough team that minimizes the chances of missing any cancer cells. Our gastrointestinal cancer doctors and surgeons work closely with patients with stomach cancer every day. We are trained and experienced in performing the most advanced testing to confirm the presence of stomach cancer. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, we ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment for the stage and type of stomach cancer you have.

Choose Duke for your stomach cancer treatment because we offer:

  • Nationally ranked cancer program. Duke is consistently ranked among the best cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our team is recognized for exploring new treatment opportunities through ongoing research and clinical trials. We offer you the latest discoveries before they are available elsewhere. We are also part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving care for our patients.
  • Pre-surgical treatments. We are national leaders in using chemotherapy and radiation therapy before surgery to shrink stomach cancer tumors. Our approach has proven to reduce complications and improve outcomes.
  • Targeted therapies. We use drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer for your specific type of stomach cancer. Targeted therapies are often combined with chemotherapy. If you have advanced stomach cancer, this approach may extend your life.
  • Access to clinical trials. You may be eligible to participate in our clinical trials, which give you access to new anti-cancer targeted therapies, new approaches to surgery, and ways to minimize common cancer-related symptoms before they become widely available.
  • More minimally invasive options. We perform many stomach surgeries with a laparoscope, which is inserted through small incisions. This is less invasive method identifies, and sometimes removes, cancer. As a result, you’ll experience less pain and scarring, lower chance for infection, leave the hospital sooner and recover faster.
  • A team of specialists. Our specialists — medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, geneticists, specially trained nurses, nutritionists and social workers — meet regularly to discuss your care. We work together to offer you coordinated and advanced surgical, medical and follow-up care.
  • Support to you and your family. Our comprehensive support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of cancer treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.  
  • Comforting environment. Our Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where patients — based on their treatment regimen — can receive chemotherapy outdoors.



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