Stomach/EG Junction Cancer

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a type of gastrointestinal cancer that starts in any part of the stomach. Cancer located at the junction of the esophagus and stomach is called esophagogastric (EG) junction cancer or gastroesophageal (GE) junction cancer.

At UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, our multidisciplinary team of physicians has extensive experience with stomach cancer. You will benefit from our specialization, our individualized treatment plans, and our access to the most innovative, promising new therapies, including minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Meet the Stomach Cancer Team

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Types of Stomach Cancer

The term stomach cancer almost always refers to adenocarcinoma. This cancer develops from the cells that form the innermost lining of the stomach (known as the mucosa).

Other types of cancer that can be found in the stomach include lymphomas, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and carcinoid tumors.

Diagnosis

If you have symptoms of stomach cancer, we will do a physical exam and ask about your health, lifestyle (including smoking and drinking habits), and family medical history. Early tests to diagnose stomach cancer may include X-rays and testing your stool for traces of blood.

In addition, we may use one or more of the following tests to find out if you have stomach cancer and if it has spread:

  • Biopsy
  • Imaging tests – computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound

Treatments

The main treatments for stomach cancer are:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy

If your cancer requires all of these treatments, the standard approach is often to give chemotherapy or radiation before surgery. For patients with very early cancers, surgery alone may be a sufficient treatment to control the tumor.

UT Southwestern’s surgeons are experienced in all the surgical options for treating stomach cancer, including minimally invasive gastrectomy and removal of the necessary lymph nodes.

Learn more about treatments for gastrointestinal cancers.

Clinical Trials

UT Southwestern offers clinical trials that may provide you with an opportunity to complement traditional therapy for stomach cancer with the newest, most promising treatment strategies. Talk with your doctor to determine if a clinical trial is right for you.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a stomach cancer specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.