Stomach cancer, also referred to as gastric cancer, begins in the mucus-producing cells on the inside lining of the stomach (adenocarcinoma). Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of stomach cancer. Gastric cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related death in the world.


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Types of stomach cancer

There are different types of stomach cancer and the frequency of these cancer subtypes are as follows.





Gastrointestinal stromal tumors






Squamous cell carcinomas



Prevention of gastric cancer

There is no sure way to prevent stomach cancer, but there are things you can do that might lower your risk.

Diet, body weight, and exercise
To help reduce your risk, avoid a diet that is high in smoked and pickled foods and salted meats and fish. The American Cancer Society recommends an emphasis on plant foods and whole grains. Being overweight or obese may add to the risk of stomach cancer. On the other hand, being physically active may help lower your risk. Aside from possible effects on the risk of stomach cancer, losing weight may also have an impact on the risk of some other cancers and health problems.
Inherited stomach cancers
A small percentage of stomach cancers are caused by an inherited genetic condition called hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome. Most people who have inherited the gene for this condition will get stomach cancer at some point in their lives. If you have a strong family history of stomach cancer, our oncologists at Onco Life Centre can help you get genetic counseling and testing to see if you have the gene that causes it.
H. pylori infection
It is not yet clear whether everyone with on-going (chronic) infection with H. pylori bacteria should be treated to prevent stomach cancer. Some studies have suggested that giving antibiotics to people with H. pylori infection might lower their rate of getting stomach cancer. But more research needs to be done.
Stay away from tobacco
Tobacco use can increase the risk of stomach cancer, as well as other cancers.



Talk to our stomach cancer oncologists at Onco Life Centre about your treatment options. Treatment recommendations by our oncologists at Onco Life Centre are tailored and personalized and depends on stage of stomach cancer, genetic changes in the tumor, and the patient’s preferences and overall health. There are successful new treatments for stomach cancer as the landscape of drug research and development in stomach cancer has evolved tremendously over the last 5 years.


Surgery for stomach cancer

Surgery is often part of the treatment for stomach cancer if it can be done. Depending on the type and stage of your cancer, surgery might be used to remove the cancer and part or all of your stomach. Surgery (often along with other treatments) offers the only real chance to cure stomach cancer. Even if the cancer is too widespread to be completely removed, an operation could help prevent bleeding from the tumor or keep the stomach from being blocked. This type of surgery is known as palliative surgery. Read More ...

Chemotherapy for stomach cancer

Chemotherapy for gastric cancer can be given before surgery to shrink the tumor and make it easier to completely remove it. Chemo for stomach cancer may also be given, often along with radiation, after surgery to kill any groups of cancer cells that may have been left behind but are too small to be seen. The goal is to keep the cancer from coming back. Read More ...

Targeted Therapy for stomach cancer

Targeted therapy for stomach cancer targets the cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. This type of treatment blocks the growth and spread of cancer cells while limiting damage to healthy cells. To find the most effective treatment, our stomach cancer specialists will run tumor profiling tests to identify the genes, proteins, and other factors in your tumor. Read More ...

Immunotherapy for stomach cancer

Immunotherapy for gastric cancer is designed to boost your body's natural defenses to fight the cancer. The PD-1 pathway is critical in the immune system’s ability to control cancer growth. PD-1 and PD-L1 antibodies block this pathway and can stop the growth of stomach cancer. Immunotherapy for stage 4 stomach cancer can result in a favorable outcome for patients with PD-L1 positive or MSI-H disease.

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Radiation Treatment for stomach cancer

Before surgery, radiation can be used along with chemo to try to shrink some tumors to make surgery easier. After surgery, radiation can be used to kill very small areas of cancer that cannot be seen and removed during surgery. Radiation, especially when combined with chemotherapy (chemo), might delay or prevent the cancer from coming back after surgery and may help people to live longer. Radiation can also be used to slow the growth and ease symptoms of advanced stomach cancer such as pain, bleeding, and trouble eating.




Risk Factors

Stomach cancer is more common in men than in women.
Earlier stomach surgery
People who have had part of their stomach removed to treat other problems like ulcers have a higher risk of stomach cancer.
Risk increases with age.
Pernicious anemia
Where a person lives
Worldwide, stomach cancer is more common in Japan, China, Southern and Eastern Europe, and South and Central America. This disease is less common in Northern and Western Africa, South Central Asia, and North America.
Menetrier disease
A rare disease that involves changes in the stomach lining.
With the bacterium called Helicobacter pylori.
Type A blood
MALT lymphoma of the stomach
Which is also caused by infection with pylori.
An increased risk of stomach cancer is seen in people with diets high in smoked foods, salted fish and meats, and pickled vegetables. The risk of stomach cancer seems to be lowered by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Family history
People with close family members (parents, siblings, and children) who have had stomach cancer are more likely to get this disease.
Tobacco use
A type of stomach polyp
Called adenomatous or adenoma sometimes change into stomach cancer.
Being overweight or obese
Certain types of work
Workers in the coal, metal, and rubber industries seem to have a higher risk of getting stomach cancer.

Our Best Stomach Cancer Oncologist

Onco Life Centre combines key elements of stomach cancer care and stomach cancer treatment under one roof, with convenience and speed. At Onco Life Centre, we have the necessary medical disciplines to achieve this. Our board certified highly experienced consultant oncologists have earned recognition for excellence in the field of stomach cancer treatment, providing our patients with the most advanced stomach cancer treatment options.


Dr. Christina Ng is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and Founder President of Empowered, The Cancer Advocacy Society of Malaysia.…


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Cost of stomach cancer treatment

Treatment cost for stomach cancer depends on several factors, such as the staging and the type of the stomach cancer. Generally, using only chemotherapy is cheaper compared to using targeted therapy or immunotherapy. The more advanced the cancer stage, the more expensive it becomes to treat the cancer. At Onco Life Centre, the cost for treating stomach cancer using chemotherapy for most of our patients is around MYR5,000 per cycle. Stomach cancer Targeted Therapy can cost from MYR6,000, depending on the specific type of targeted therapy drug used. The cost of stomach cancer immunotherapy can range from MYR10,000 and above depending on the specific type and dosage of immunotherapy drug used.


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