The percentage of persons with the same type and stage of cancer who live for a particular amount of time (typically 5 years) after being diagnosed is referred to as survival rates. While it is hard to forecast one's life expectancy, it does provide both the patient and the doctor an idea of what to expect from treatment.

It's crucial to remember that survival rates are estimated, and the data they're based on can be ambiguous at times, leading to extra issues. Patients and caregivers may benefit from speaking with the healthcare and support staff to become more familiar with these issues.

When persons with the same type and stage of cancer are compared to the general population, the relative survival rate is calculated. If the 5-year relative survival rate for a given stage of stomach cancer is 65 percent, it means that persons with the disease are roughly 65 percent as likely as people without the cancer to live for at least 5 years after being diagnosed.

Based on how far the disease has spread, the SEER database tracks 5-year relative survival statistics for stomach cancer in the United States. The SEER database, on the other hand, does not divide tumours into AJCC TNM stages (stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, etc.). Instead, it divides malignancies into three stages: localised (where the cancer has not gone outside the stomach), regional (where the cancer has migrated to lymph nodes outside the stomach), and distant (where the cancer has spread to lymph nodes outside the stomach) (where the cancer has metastasized to different parts of the world).

FOLLOW UP AFTER THE TREATMENT

After therapy, follow-up is a crucial aspect of cancer care. Oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists, and the patient's family doctor are frequently involved in the patient's follow-up for stomach cancer. The healthcare team will collaborate with the patient to determine the best course of action for their specific needs.

It's critical to report any strange symptoms as soon as possible if you're experiencing any of the following stomach cancer symptoms:

  • pain or a worsening of pain difficulties
  • Vomiting
  • abdominal bloating or swelling
  • weight loss

Within two years, the chances of stomach cancer returning (recurring) are highest, hence close monitoring is required during this time.

Follow-up appointments for stomach cancer are often arranged as follows:

  • 3 months after the treatment
  • Every 3–6 months for the first 2 years,
  • every 6–12 months for the next 3 years,
  • and every year after that

During follow-up appointments

During a follow-up visit, your healthcare team will normally inquire about the treatment's side effects and how you're dealing with them. If you've had your stomach removed, they may also inquire about how well you're eating. You'll almost certainly meet with a dietitian as well.

A physical examination, including an examination of the abdomen, may be performed by your doctor.

Follow-up care frequently includes tests.

  • You might have an endoscopy to see if your stomach cancer has returned.
  • Blood testing, including a full blood count and blood chemistry tests, to discover if you require B12 injections if you've had all or part of your stomach removed and the stomach can no longer absorb vitamin B12.
  • CT scans and x-rays are examples of imaging tests.

If a recurrence is discovered, the patient will be examined by the healthcare team to determine the best treatment options.