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Stomach Cancer

Every year 13,000 men and 8,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with stomach cancer, also called gastric cancer. The cancer usually begins in the cells of the inner layers of the stomach and sometimes spread deeply into the stomach wall. Stomach cancer mostly affects the elderly – two-thirds of those who have it are over the age of 65. It can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages, so it is often diagnosed late.

Our Approach to Stomach Cancer

UCSF's highly trained gastrointestinal oncologists and surgeons provide the most advanced and effective treatments available for stomach cancer. Our team will give you a precise diagnosis and design a personalized treatment plan, which may include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. You may also be able to participate in clinical trials of promising new therapies.

In addition, we offer continued care for patients who have completed treatment for gastrointestinal cancers. Our survivorship clinic aims to maximize quality of life and minimize risk of recurrence.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • Best in Northern California for cancer care (tie)

  • NIH-2x

    Designated comprehensive cancer center

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.