Donate to Gastric Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

Nearly 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with a form of gastric cancer each year. Of those diagnosed, nearly one third will not survive. Often termed “stomach cancer,” gastric cancer begins in the lining of the stomach and spreads to the rest of the stomach. In acute cases, the disease begins to attack nearby organs. After cancer has spread, it becomes much more difficult to treat, but the scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine are committed to making new discoveries that will facilitate important progress in the diagnosis and treatment of gastric cancer. By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to advance crucial research and clinical trials that have the potential to benefit many people battling gastric cancer.

Unfortunately, diagnostic testing typically occurs only after a person begins to experience troubling symptoms. There are a host of symptoms associated with stomach cancer, such as vomiting, heartburn, indigestion and mild nausea, as well as a loss of appetite, weight loss and pain in the abdomen. While these symptoms do not necessarily mean stomach cancer is present, it is imperative that a person is evaluated by a specialist as soon as these symptoms appear. At Northwestern Medicine, highly skilled gastroenterologists and gastrointestinal surgeons are dedicated to diagnosing and treating gastric cancer in the most comprehensive and compassionate manner.

Continued research, made possible through your philanthropy, will help scientists to determine the causes of gastric cancer. Specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified several risk factors, such as diet, alcohol and tobacco use, and pernicious anemia, as well as gastric polyps, ulcers and exposure to certain industrial chemicals. If symptoms persist and risk factors are identified, the gastroenterologists at Northwestern Medicine are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and screening methods. Initial evaluations include assessment of medical history as well as a complete medical exam. Fecal blood tests, upper GI series and endoscopies, as well as endoscopic ultrasounds and biopsies, may be performed to confirm the presence of gastric cancer.

Northwestern Medicine’s specialists in gastric cancer develop customized treatment plans for their patients. Therapeutic approaches such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, radiosurgery and proton therapy may be employed as part of a multi-dimensional effort to conquer a person’s gastric cancer. In addition, some patients might be able to participate in clinical trials that have the potential to accelerate the development of promising, novel treatments for gastric cancer.

Gastric Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By making a gift to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will be a part of great progress and significant breakthroughs that will benefit patients with gastric cancer at Northwestern Medicine.

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