Pronounced: gas-TREK-tuh-meeEn Español (Spanish Version)
This is a surgery to remove all or part of the stomach.
Abdominal Organs, Anterior View
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Gastrectomy is most often done to treat stomach cancer. It is currently the only way to cure stomach cancer. The use ofchemotherapy and radiation after surgery may help improve survival. Even if the cancer is too advanced to be cured, gastrectomy can help to prevent bleeding, obstruction, and pain.
In addition to treating stomach cancer, this surgery may also be done to treat:
- Ulcer disease
- Benign tumors in the stomach
Last reviewedDecember 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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