Follow-up Treatment for Stomach Cancer
Follow-up care is necessary for stomach cancer patients. Regular physical examination and tests (e.g., CT scan, MRI scan) are used to detect recurrent or advanced disease. In addition, patients' dietary intake must be monitored regularly to promote health.
Stomach Cancer Prognosis
Prognosis depends on the stage of the disease. Stomach cancer metastasizes in as many as 80 percent of cases, resulting in a very poor prognosis (only about 4 percent for stage IV stomach cancer). In Japan, where stomach cancer often is diagnosed early, the 5-year survival rate is about 50 percent. In the United States and most of the Western world, the overall 5-year survival rate is about 27 percent.