Gastric Cancer

About half of gastric cancers occur in the stomach, but they’re also found anywhere in the digestive system – the esophagus, liver, stomach, gall bladder, large and small intestines and rectum. These cancers are sometimes called gastric myoblastoma and gastricmyosarcoma.

In 2020, more than 27,000 cases of stomach cancer were expected in the United States, with significantly more men than women diagnosed. Particularly vulnerable are people of Japanese and Korean descent, with Korea having the highest rate of stomach cancer worldwide.

The Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health program helps identify cases of gastric cancer, often linked to the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and chronic heartburn.


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Symptoms of Gastric Cancer

In the early stages, symptoms of gastric cancers can include:

  • Indigestion and stomach pain
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Heartburn

In more advanced cases, symptoms can include:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Jaundice
  • Ascites, or a build-up of fluid in the abdomen
  • Trouble swallowing

Types of Gastric Cancer

  • Adenocarcinoma: Up to 95 percent of stomach cancers are adenocarcinoma, developing in the stomach’s inner lining (the mucosa).
  • Lymphoma: Cancers of the immune system found in the stomach wall.
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST): This rare tumor can develop anywhere in the digestive tract, though it is most often found in the stomach.
  • Carcinoid Tumor: Originating in hormone-making stomach cells, these tumors usually do not spread to other organs.

Diagnosing Gastric Cancer

We use several procedures and tests diagnose gastric cancer, including:


Treating Gastric Cancer

Stomach cancer is usually treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy. If your cancer has reached Stage IV, surgery usually is not the primary treatment.

Surgical procedures include:

  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection: Often used to address early-stage cancer by removing a tumor using an endoscope.
  • Subtotal or Partial Gastrectomy: Removes part of the stomach and nearby lymph nodes. Your surgeon then connects the rest of the stomach to the esophagus or small intestine in a procedure called a partial gastrectomy.
  • Total Gastrectomy: Major surgery to remove the entire stomach and attach the esophagus to the small intestine.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

The MSK Alliance


Gastric Cancer News

December 09, 2019

Stomach Cancer: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

By Dr. Bret Schipper Chief of Surgical Oncology The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center Stomach, or gastric, [...]

February 02, 2017

New Endoscopic Procedures, Via Japan, For Colon, Stomach And Esophageal Cancers

Hartford HealthCare News Service Dr. Michael Karasik, a gastroenterologist at Hartford Hospital, previews minimally invasive endoscopic procedures for colon, stomach [...]

Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute



Meet our Gastric Cancer Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Alekshun, Todd Joseph, MD 860.972.4183
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Avon
  • Tolland
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Alsamarai, Susan, MD
4.9 /5
195 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Aujla, Amandeep, MD 860.456.5330
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Willimantic
  • Norwich
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Aydin, H. Nail, MD 860.423.5000
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Willimantic
  • Manchester
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Barczak, Rafal, MD
4.9 /5
138 surveys
203.238.2691
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Meriden
Bartus, Christine Marie, MD, FACS, FASCRS
4.9 /5
149 surveys
860.223.0800
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Blakaj, Adriana, MD, PhD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Bliss, Lindsay Ann, MD, MPH
4.9 /5
61 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Enfield
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Boyd, Timothy Stephen, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Byeff, Peter David, MD
4.9 /5
253 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Byrne, Brian James, MD
4.9 /5
247 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Cappa, Joseph Anthony, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Glastonbury
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Casillas-Romero, Sergio Rafael, MD
4.9 /5
155 surveys
860.889.9080
  • General Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
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  • Norwich
  • Waterford
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Cha, Charles, MD, FACS 203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Chaletsky, David Michael, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Chaudhary, Ahmed Aziz, MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Norwich
Chukwumah, Chike V., MD
4.9 /5
93 surveys
860.246.2071
  • General Surgery
  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Manchester
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Cipolla, Donna Marie, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Avon
  • West Hartford
  • Wethersfield
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Curtis, David Eugene, MD
4.8 /5
80 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
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Dailey, Mark Edward, MD
5.0 /5
210 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD 203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
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Einstein, Michael Mark, MD 860.972.4262
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Transplant Hepatology
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  • Hartford
Elias, Rawad, MD
4.9 /5
106 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Ernstoff, Jon Jeffrey, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Wallingford
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Feldman, Thomas Alan, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • West Hartford
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Finoia, Lisa M., APRN, FNP-C 203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Fumo, Gerard, DO
4.9 /5
329 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Gelwan, Jeffrey Stuart, MD 860.657.1920
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Giove, Lawrence M., MD 860.246.6647
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
Goldberg, Neal Benjamin, MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Golioto, Michael John, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
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Hong, Timothy Joonki, MD
5.0 /5
135 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Hosmer, Wylie David, MD
4.9 /5
248 surveys
860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Ianello, Joseph Louis, MD 860.253.6867
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Enfield
  • Putnam
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Jo, Kevin Seungho, MD 203.886.0036
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wallingford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Kristina Hope, MD, FACS, FASCRS
4.9 /5
110 surveys
860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Johnson, Maria Elena, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Hartford
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Karasik, Michael Steven, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Khan, Anwar Mangey, MD 860.224.5011
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Khubchandani, Sapna, MD
4.9 /5
213 surveys
860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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Kim, Susan Y., MD 860.545.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Kopec, Krzysztof Lukasz, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Kratzer, Allan S., MD 203.694.8433
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Meriden
Lele, Uday Chintamani, MD
4.9 /5
165 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Leopold, Kenneth Albert, MD 860.972.2803
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Hartford
Mani, Sheida K., MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Masoud, Amir E., MD 475.210.4727
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Fairfield
Mehendiratta, Vaibhav, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Norwich
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Nadkarni, Rajani P., MD
5.0 /5
277 surveys
203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Nestler, Jeffry Laurence, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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Oh, Steven Changsuk, MD 860.827.4161
  • Radiation Oncology
  • New Britain
Plotkin, Eileen K., MD 860.229.9688
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
  • Bloomfield
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Rubinstein, Jill Carol, MD, PhD 203.576.6141
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine Surgery
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  • Bridgeport
Sardella, William Vincent, MD
4.9 /5
54 surveys
860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Schauer, Peter Kevin, MD, FACP
4.9 /5
190 surveys
860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
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Schipper, Bret Mitchell, MD, FACS, CPE
4.8 /5
62 surveys
860.696.2040
  • Surgical Oncology
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • New Britain
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Schoenfeld, Adam Craig, MD 860.229.9688
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Selden, Michael Aaron, MD 860.246.2571
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Windsor
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Shapiro, Paul Alan, MD 860.243.5600
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Sharma, Vipra, MD, MPH 203.382.0630
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
Sinning, Joseph Garret, MD
4.9 /5
134 surveys
860.224.4408
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Plainville
  • New Britain
  • Southington
  • Southington
  • Torrington
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Smedley, Michelle Victoria, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Bloomfield
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Thurston, Kristy Tyler, MD
4.9 /5
64 surveys
860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Bloomfield
  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Manchester
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Van Stolk, Rosalind, MD 860.447.2489
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Waterford
Versland, Mark Reider, MD 860.229.9688
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • New Britain
  • Southington
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Vignati, Paul Vincent, MD
4.9 /5
134 surveys
860.548.7336
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Weiser, Jeffrey Steven, MD 860.409.4567
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Farmington
  • Bloomfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Hartford
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Wesolek, John Howell, MD, FACS
4.6 /5
71 surveys
860.886.0660
  • General Surgery
  • Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
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  • Norwich
White, Jonathan Andrew, MD 203.626.6540
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
  • Wallingford
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