Radiation therapy for stomach cancer involves the use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Prior to undergoing a surgical procedure, a patient may receive radiation treatment in order to shrink the tumors to facilitate their removal. After surgery, radiation can be used to target residual cells that could not be surgically removed. A stomach cancer patient who has completed an initial course of treatment may also be advised to undergo radiation therapy, either on its own or in combination with chemotherapy, as a way to help prevent recurrence. In cases of advanced stomach cancer, radiation therapy can sometimes ease symptoms like pain, bleeding and eating difficulties by slowing the growth of the cancer.
Some radiation therapy delivery methods for stomach cancer include:
- External beam radiation therapy – High-energy rays are directed from a machine located outside a patient’s body to the cancerous cells within the body
- Internal radiation therapy – Radioactive material contained in a catheter, implanted seed or other carrier is placed directly into or near a tumor site
- Systemic radiation therapy – A radioactive substance is swallowed or injected and then travels through the bloodstream to target and destroy cancerous cells
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer the latest technologies in radiation therapy for stomach cancer, including three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, high-dose rate brachytherapy and radioactive iodine therapy.
In addition to state-of-the-art radiation equipment, patients of Moffitt’s Gastrointestinal Oncology Program have access to our highly skilled and experienced cancer team. Our surgeons, physicians, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other staff have world-class expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of stomach cancer and truly differentiate Moffitt as an outstanding cancer center. Our treatment philosophy incorporates an evidence-based, yet highly individualized, approach. Our expert radiation oncologists deliver radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy, resulting in fewer treatment sessions, better outcomes and higher-quality lives for our patients.
Patients can receive radiation therapy for stomach cancer at Moffitt without a referral. To learn more, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced radiation oncologists.