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Stomach Cancer Screenings Most Beneficial Every 3 Years

New Study Highlights Optimal Time between Early Detection Tests

(Englewood, NJ, July 30, 2012) – Three years is the ideal time to schedule between screenings for stomach cancer, according to a new study published online in the journal Cancer.

Researchers with the National Cancer Center in South Korea analyzed data from more than 2,400 patients who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and grouped them together based on the time between their screenings.

Patients screened every three years had similar stages of stomach cancer, while patients tested once every four years had much higher stages of cancer when diagnosed. The experts of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center say this new data emphasizes the importance of early detection.

“Stomach cancer remains one of the most malignant diseases,” said Tanuja Damani, MD, FACS, Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon and Cancer Liaison Physician for the Cancer Program at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “The only way to cure it is earlier detection using screening endoscopy. This study provides us with sound data on optimal screening intervals in high risk populations, such as Eastern Asians, including Korean, Japanese and Chinese patients. The one caveat is that patients with a family history of stomach cancer need more frequent screenings than three years to diagnose the cancer earlier.”

The latest statistics from leading health agencies also add urgency to the new screening recommendations. While rates have dropped in the United States over the last 100 years, The American Cancer Society estimates more than 21,000 people will be diagnosed with stomach cancer in the U.S. this year - nearly half of which will die from the disease.

“Unfortunately, by the time patients with stomach cancer develop symptoms, the cancer is usually in advanced stages and incurable. Diagnosing stomach cancer in its early stages using screening endoscopy allows us to cure it surgically and save lives,” explained Dr. Damani.

Englewood Hospital launched a Cancer Program in order to deliver of the highest level of quality and compassionate care to patients diagnosed with cancer. The Medical Center’s team of world-renowned board-certified oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and other medical experts established a multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of cancer, using a combination of cutting-edge technology, innovative techniques and clinical expertise to tackle the disease.

“We are proud to offer our patients world-class health care right in their own neighborhood,” said Michael Schleider, MD, Chief of Oncology Services at Englewood Hospital. “Our Cancer Program was established to ensure every patient receives individualized, high-quality, compassionate care. We understand how overwhelming a cancer diagnosis can be, which is why our team approach is so important in treating the disease. We want our patients to know we are not only there to provide our clinical skills, but our support as well. We want to see every single patient who has cancer survive and go on to live full, healthy lives.”

Source: HealthDay

 

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.