Treatment and prognosis of patients with gastric cancer depends on multiple factors. The stage of gastric cancer at the time of your diagnosis provides good information about the nature of the gastric cancer. The stage of gastric cancer is determined by the depth of the tumor in the stomach wall (T-stage), involvement of the lymph nodes (N-stage), and the presence or the absence of distant disease (M-stage).
Curative treatment requires complete endoscopic or surgical removal of the cancer and most of the times, the lymph nodes that drain the stomach. This is possible for patients with early stage cancers and locally advanced cancers. In some cases, surgery can be performed using minimally invasive approaches and robotic assistance.