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Stomach Cancer Surgery

If you or a family member comes to the Department of Surgical Oncology for treatment of stomach cancer, you will find a team of surgeons, primary care doctors, gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists and nurses working together with you as a team to bring together different medical disciplines to treat the disease. This multidisciplinary approach to patient care is central to our approach to treating gastric tumors. 


Surgery may be the best course of action to treat the stomach cancer but that will only be decided once the team reviews what is best for the patient from a medical perspective and takes into account any personal needs or preferences of the patient and family.


Our surgeon,  Richard Arenas, MD, FACS may perform a state-of-the-art minimally invasive (MIS) approach to the removal of a gastric cancer.  Although open surgery may be required for a many patients, many gastric tumors are now removed using this leading edge technique.  MIS, which requires only a one-day hospital stay, and usually results in 

  • Smaller scars
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less bleeding and need for blood transfusions
  • Less pain and trauma
  • Faster healing
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • The ability to resume normal activity up to four weeks sooner than patients who opt for traditional open surgery.


Patients who require stomach surgery, such as laparoscopic partial or total gastrectomy or open gastrectomy to remove cancerous tumors, may also need to be treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment located at the D’Amour Cancer Care Center. 


Surgery and related treatment also focus on the patient’s overall health and well-being, including life-style changes, diet, exercise, prevention, spiritual issues, etc.  We strongly believe that treating cancer means treating the entire person. 


If you or a loved one ever face stomach cancer, you can confidently put yourself in the hands of a deeply committed and compassionate team of experts at Baystate Medical Center.  Baystate has state-of-the-art technology and experience in knowing which clinically proven approaches to stomach cancer are best suited to the needs and medical history of each individual.  This makes our integrated and holistic approach even more effective in treating stomach cancer.