Mercy Surgical Oncologist Dr. Vadim Gushchin Discusses Diagnosing Gastric Cancer
While Americans rarely develop gastric cancer anymore, new immigrants from Asia, Eastern Europe and South America remain at high risk for the disease.
Gastric cancer refers to cancer that starts in the stomach.
According to Mercy surgical oncologist Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology in The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, the disease is often diagnosed late because that's when the patient's symptoms show. However, if the cancer is found before it spreads outside of the stomach, it can be treated with chemotherapy and surgery.
"We have options of doing the surgery with less trauma, such as laparoscopic surgery or robotic surgery, and we demonstrated that robotic surgery or laparoscopic surgery is equivalent in efficacy to open surgery," Dr. Gushchin said.
Dr. Gushchin noted that gastric cancer has decreased in the United States because of improvements in food preparation and refrigeration, as well as the reduction in the amount of nitrates, salty and smoked foods in people's diets.
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