Stomach Cancer

These are only general guidelines and not meant to replace instructions from a physician. Please talk with your physician about your specific condition.

About the Condition

Stomach Cancer DiagramStomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is a very rare cancer that is often diagnosed at a late stage. More than 90 percent of stomach cancers are classified as adenocarcinoma. Other uncommon stomach cancers include lymphomas, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) and carcinoids. They all occur in the stomach lining and, depending on the location of the tumor, can involve partial or complete removal of the stomach (gastrectomy).

Before Surgery

Stomach Cancer PhysicianPrior to your surgery for stomach cancer, you may be asked to:

Please ask your physician about any additional steps you should take before your surgery.


Our surgeons perform open surgery, as well as minimally invasive surgeries, for stomach cancer. Early-stage tumors may be removed through an endoscopy procedure. When that is not possible, surgeons may perform a subtotal gastrectomy, removing only a portion of your stomach. A total gastrectomy removes the entire stomach. Your surgeon will explain your particular procedure in more detail. 

Minimally invasive surgery.

Open surgery. Minimally With open surgery, your physician will make an incision at the site of the abnormality large enough so he or she can see and touch your internal organs while operating.

After Surgery

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 763.780.6699.

Surgeons Who Treat Gastrointestinal Cancer

Adrianne L. Bowen, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Robotic procedures
  • Endoscopy
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J. Kevin Croston, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Hernia repairs, including complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Endocrine surgery
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Jonathan C. Gipson, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pancreas and foregut (esophagus and stomach) cancer surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and hiatal hernia
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Surgical management of trauma
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Susan E. Hunt-Lattin, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Breast Disease
  • Colon Disease
  • Hernia Repair
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Kamrun Jenabzadeh, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Reflux disease
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Benign and malignant gastrointestinal pathology
  • Colorectal oncology
  • Complex hernias
  • Groin hernias
  • Complex ventral and hiatal hernias
  • Endocrine, such as adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid diseases
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Corinne E. Jordan, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
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Kourtney L. Kemp, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Endocrine
  • Esophageal
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Complex hernia surgery
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Steven J. Kern, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Surgery for Esophageal Reflux
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Matthew K. Kissner, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for hernia repair
  • Complex repair of ventral/incisional hernia
  • Robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery
  • Colon surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Colonoscopy and upper endoscopy
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Sarah J. Lippert, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Advanced esophageal procedures
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Corey J. Stennes, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Melanoma
  • Thyroid disease
  • Parathyroid disease
  • Gastric reflux
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Repair of complex hernias
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Gregory J. Vitas, MD

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Dr. Vitas sees patients at the following clinic locations:

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastric and intestinal disorders
  • Laparoscopic biliary surgery
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disorders
  • Robotic, laparoscopic, and open management of ventral abdominal wall and inguinal hernias
  • Colon surgery
  • Venus ablation procedures (closure procedure) for varicose veins
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