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India Profile  »  Medical Tourism In India  »  Surgery in India  »  Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancer

What is Gastric Cancer?

Cancer of the stomach is a major happening of study and research in medical sciences. Cancer of the major organ of the body that holds food for digestion is referred to as Gastric Cancer. Stomach cancer is the second most frequent cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer. It can develop in any part of the stomach and spread to other organs. Infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori is associated with gastric cancer. Eradication of the bacterium prevents or delays the development of gastric cancer. The risk of gastric cancer also gets increased in Down syndrome.

Symptoms of Gastric Cancer:

The symptoms of stomach cancer are quite vague. That is also why generally it takes a long time to detect it as no one at the preliminary stage treats the symptoms as something abnormal. Symptoms can include

  -   Indigestion, acidity and burping
  -   Feeling full
  -   Pain
  -   Feeling or being sick
  -   Difficulty in swallowing
  -   Bleeding or tiredness
  -   Breathlessness because you have lost blood
  -   Blood clots
  -   Weight loss

Types of Gastric Cancer:

More than 95% stomach cancers are diagnosed as Aden carcinomas. This means that the cancer started in the gland cells in the stomach lining. The gland cells normally produce mucus and stomach juices. The other 5% are either of the following:

  -   Squamous cells cancers
  -   Lymphomas
  -   Sarcomas
  -   Neuroendocrine tumors

Treatment includes:

  -   Surgery
  -   Chemotherapy
  -   Radiotherapy


Surgery is the most common treatment. It involves removal of part (subtotal or partial gastrectomy) or all (total gastrectomy) of the stomach. The operation you have to remove your stomach cancer will depend on where in the stomach the cancer is. You may have a
  -   Partial gastrectomy
  -   Total gastrectomy
  -   Oesophagogastrectomy
These are all major operations and it takes time to get over them. Your doctor must be sure you are fit enough to get through an anesthetic and long operation, and make a good recovery. If your cancer has spread to another part of your body, you are less likely to have any of these operations as they will not cure your cancer. But you may have an operation to bypass or remove part of the tumor if it is blocking your gullet (oesophagus) or stomach.


Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer or 'cytotoxic' drugs to destroy cancer cells. They work by disrupting the growth of cancer cells. As they circulate in the blood, they can reach cancer cells wherever they are in your body.

For stomach cancer, you may have chemotherapy because of the following reasons:

  -   Before or after surgery
  -   To reduce or control symptoms in advanced cancer
  -   To slow an advanced cancer down
  -   You might have your chemotherapy for stomach cancer

Chemotherapy is given in any of the following ways: How you have your chemotherapy will depend on the particular drug or combination of drugs you are having. You may have a combination of drip, injections and tablets.

  -   As an injection
  -   Through a drip into the arm
  -   Through a pump as a slow continuous infusion
  -   As tablets


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves to cure cancer. Doctors don't use radiotherapy as often for cancer of the stomach as they do for some other types of cancer. But you may have it for symptoms of an advanced cancer. It may shrink a large cancer and relieve pressure, which has been causing pain. Radiotherapy is also very useful for stopping bleeding from an advanced cancer. Radiotherapy is also being looked at in combination with chemotherapy after surgery, to help stop the cancer from coming back.

The actual treatment only takes a few minutes. The radiographer will help position you on the couch and make sure you are comfortable. You will be left alone for the minute or two the machine is switched on. But the staff will be able to hear you through an intercom, so call if you need them. The treatment doesn't hurt. You won't be able to feel it at all. You must lie very still for the few minutes it takes to treat you. Having external radiotherapy does not make you radioactive. It is perfectly safe to be with other people, including children, throughout your treatment course.

Overview of Apollo Hospitals in the filed of Oncology (cancer treatment):

Apollo's Oncology Department provides world-class comprehensive cancer care with dedicated professionals and state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Apollo Hospitals are well-known for its expertise in Oncology treatments and Surgeries. The Hospitals with their High quality treatments are at par to international standard. Stomach or Gastric cancer, the most happening of all types of cancers is well met with and treated in the chains of Apollo Hospitals.

Their Tumor Board, comprising of medical, surgical, radiation oncologists, and diagnostic consultants, provide advice on the best course of treatment for patients. Medical counselors, speech therapists, dieticians and other relevant professionals further support the panel. Apollo provides Oncology services via specific organ clinics.

Bariatric Surgery Gastric Banding
Gastric Bypass Gastric Bypass Diet
Gastric Cancer Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

(In US $)
Twin Sharing
(In US $)
Medical Oncology
1) Chemotherapy (Category A) Total 6 cycles 15 days interval 5 days cycle 12000 8400
2) Chemotherapy (Category B) Total 6 cycles 15 days interval 2 days cycle 6800 5400
3) Chemotherapy (Category C) Total 6 cycles 15 days interval 1 days cycle 5500 4500
Radiation Oncology
1) Palliative Radiation (Package for 2-3 weeks) OP 1000
2) Extended Palliative Radiation (Package for 3-4 weeks) OP 1500
3) Simple Curative Radiation (Multiple sites-Package for 6-8 weeks) OP 1900
4) Complex Curative Radiation (Package for 6-8 weeks) OP 2500
5) Chemotharapy / Dose 1 Day 500
5) Whole Body PET-CT Scan OP 500
Stereotactic Radiotherapy & Stereotactic Radiosurgery
1) SRT (Package upto 4-7 weeks) OP 2500
2) SRS (Malignant) OP 5500
3) IMRT 1 Day 6500 5500
Surgical Oncology
1) Breast Cancer 3 Days 3300 2800
2) Oral Cavity 7 Days 6000 4600
2) Cervical
3) Prostate Cancer
Note : Above Prices do not include Chemo Drugs


  • Prices are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.
  • These are indicative prices only and may vary depending on the conditon of the patient, at the time of admission.
  • Apollo will provide final estimates at the time of patient's admission.
  • Single room is well furnished with Bed, Sofa-cum-Bed for Companion, Cupboard, Medicine Drawer, TV, Telephone and Wi-fi facility for Internet access. Mobile phones are available on request.
  • Stay and food for one Companion with patient in a Single Room is included in the above packages.
  • Services like Mobile, Laundry etc. will be charged extra.
  • Post-stay outside the Hospital is at the personal expense of the patient and is not included in the above prices.
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