If you have been diagnosed with gastric cancer or a precancerous condition in the stomach, talk to us. City of Hope is a recognized leader in stomach cancer treatment and research. It is ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report with numerous physicians recognized as Top Cancer Doctors by Newsweek.

City of Hope's gastric cancer patients receive unsurpassed diagnostic, treatment and supportive care from our multidisciplinary team, which includes gastroenterologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, supportive care specialists and other health professionals — all working together to bring the most advanced, innovative and effective therapies.

Our primary goal is to ensure that every patient and their loved ones can live a life free of gastric cancer. This can be achieved with proper treatment, timely detection, comprehensive education, preventive measures and ongoing research.

Our gastric cancer services include:

  • Initial consultation with a surgeon specially trained to treat gastric tumors to lead your treatment strategy
  • Input of experts across multiple specialties to determine the best course of treatment for each patient  
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection and endoscopic submucosal dissection for tumors that are amenable to this method of treatment
  • Robotically-assisted surgery for curative therapy
  • Nutritional support for all patients throughout their course of treatment, including pre-/post- surgery, during radiation or chemotherapy and after treatment completion
  • Palliative care and pain management

Conditions we treat include:

  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
    • Adenocarcinoma
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Giant cell carcinoma
    • Lymphoma
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) of the stomach
  • Neuroendocrine tumors of the stomach
  • Other neoplastic stomach lesions
    • Leiomyoma
    • Schwannoma  
    • Lipoma
  • Non-neoplastic stomach lesions
    • Hyperplastic polyps
    • Inflammatory polyps
    • Hamarotomatous polyps

If you have been diagnosed with gastric cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

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Care Team

City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care.

Joe Chao, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Yi-Jen Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology
Vincent Chung, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Donald S. David, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Gastroenterology
Marwan G. Fakih, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Dean W. Lim, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Medical Oncology
Laleh Melstrom, M.D.,M.S., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hepato-Pancreato-Billiary (HPB) Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
Yanghee Woo bio portrait
Yanghee Woo, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Surgical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Tests & Treatments

Every patient is different, with different needs. City of Hope treats you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgical, chemotherapy, radiation and other options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.

Highlights of City of Hope's stomach cancer program includes:

  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robotic surgery, that can produce optimal outcomes and preserve quality of life
  • Surgeons skilled in complex surgical procedures, such as D2 lymphadenectomy (lymph node dissection), that can deliver better clinical and quality of life outcomes for local- and advanced-stage cancers
  • Endoscopic resection — using instruments on an orally inserted tube to remove the tumor — for early stage stomach cancer
  • Ultra-precise radiation therapy that focuses therapeutic impact on the cancer and minimizes exposure to neighboring healthy tissue
  • Customized drug therapy regimen for optimal results
  • Novel, promising treatments offered through our clinical trials program
  • Nutritional support and palliative care during and after cancer treatment

Learn more about treatment options for gastric cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Clinical Trials

At City of Hope, we offer access to drug, surgical and other clinical trials aimed at improving survival rates and enhancing quality of life for stomach cancer patients. These research efforts include:

  • Prevention and early detection of gastric cancer in the high risk groups
  • Evaluate stomach denervation and its relationship to the progression and regression of gastric cancer
  • Enhancing individualized treatment strategies
  • Identifying molecular markers for gastric cancer prognosis
  • Create prediction models for better prognosis and treatment plans



When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family cope with each challenge in your stomach cancer diagnosis and treatment. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:

  • Poor appetite and trouble eating/drinking
  • Managing pain, fatigue, nausea
  • Adjusting to new diet and lifestyle habits
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual well-being
  • Palliative care
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family, school and work stress
  • Navigating the health care system

Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.

Support the Stomach Cancer Program

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts more than 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Joe Komsky
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 626-218-6291
Email: [email protected]

Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.

An Expert's Voice

City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

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