Your stomach cancer oncologist will work with you to help improve your symptoms and aid in curing you of your tumor.
They are specialised in the treatment of tumors and work closely within a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiologist, histopathologists and gastroenterologists.
They normally offer chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination of the two which can be used as adjuvant therapy in combination with surgery, pre-surgery therapy to reduce your "mass" or as palliative chemotherapy to help with your symptoms and prolong life.
It depends on the stage of your disease as to what they can offer you, but will often look at placing you in a controlled clinical trial of a drug or series of drugs or radiotherapy.
When you first see your specialist there are a series of questions that I would advise you ask.
I have placed these in a table for you:
Most hospitals will have an oncology department with a wide range of specialists who have their own particular interests.
They will almost certainly have an doctor with an interest in gastric tumors who you will be able to see.
Sometimes ‘word of mouth’ is a good indicator of who you should see, but sometimes this isn't possible.
When you see your doctor for the first time I would advise asking these questions when you see them in clinic.
These questions will allow you to decide for yourself as to whether they are the right stomach cancer oncologist for you.