Professor MD Wolfgang Hoffmann
Gastric cancer is a third in a rate of deaths of cancer. Together with intestinal and esophageal cancer as well as liver, pancreas and gallbladder malignant diseases it takes a huge segment in a field of oncologic diseases that has a collective name of gastrointestinal cancer. Treatment of gastric and stomach cancer is one of the main focuses of specialists of Cancer Center Braunschweig. Involving surgeons of General and Visceral Surgery Department as well as radiologists for Radiotherapy Department the center gives highly effective comprehensive service with accurate diagnostics and treatment according to the newest standards.
Gastrointestinal cancer includes oncologic diseases of gastrointestinal tract as following:
Gastroesophageal cancer is a cancer of upper digestive tract. Diseases of esophagus and stomach are closely related one to another. The most common type of gastroesophageal cancer is adenocarcinoma; then, it follows by lymphoma, a type of cancer that affect lymph nodes; and, then, you could name such kinds of malignancies as gastrointestinal stromal tumors, carcinoids, squamos cells carcinoids and some others tumors.
One of the main problems of gastric and esophageal cancers is that they may cause no symptoms until the latest stages. The most common symptoms are:
All of above symptoms are unspecific symptoms that can be related to various stomach diseases, so if you have any it is better to see a doctor for accurate diagnostic.
With esophageal cancer you may also have difficulty with swallowing and effect of food getting stuck to esophagus.
Among the risk factors of Gastroesophageal cancer the most common are:
Some reports claim that gastric bypass increase a risk of gastric cancer.
Choosing a kind of treatment depends on cancer type but the most common in early stages is surgery. There are a few types of operations performed based on area and extent of disease:
Minimally invasive esophageal and gastric surgery is growing more popular. Though having nearly the same results as conventional technique it provides less body damage and shorter recovery time. Minimally invasive methods are used not only for mucosal resection and esophagectomy but even for gastrectomy reducing postoperative complications. It is also used for palliative treatment in advanced stages of gastric cancer.
In some cases, robotic surgery can be performed. Da Vinci® system is widely applied for esophageal cancer. Robotic procedure allows removing mucosa with unbeaten accuracy and requires just a couple of small cuts. A surgeon controls a process by means of computer and can see multiplied image of the area of operation.
Advantage of team work is that it is possible to involve experts in different fields of oncology and related medical areas. We provide you with high level of service taking into consideration your personal situation. In our interrelated clinics and centers we have all the conditions for diagnostic according to the modern standards and treatment with better surgeon and supporting staff. If you consider on having surgery in Germany please contact Clinic of Braunschweig and we give you all further details and recommendations.