Stomach Cancer Specialist

Southern California Multi-Specialty Center

Vascular Surgeons & Pancreatic and Robotic Surgeons located in Porter Ranch, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

Dr. Babak Eghbalieh, at Southern California Hepatobiliary Pancreatic & Robotic Surgery Institute, is an expert in minimally-invasive and robot-assisted surgery, which is a safe and effective way to treat stomach cancer. Dr. Eghbalieh sees patients throughout the Southern California area, with offices in Valencia, Porter Ranch, and Sherman Oaks, California, and a new office opening in Los Angeles in the near future.

Stomach Cancer Q & A

What causes stomach cancer?

Stomach cancer, or gastric cancer, is strongly associated with Helicobacter pylori, which means you may have a higher chance of developing stomach cancer if you’ve ever been infected with this common bacterium.

You may also be at a higher risk for stomach cancer if you have a family history of gastric cancer, eat salted and cured foods, have chronic inflammation of the stomach, smoke tobacco, or have pernicious anemia.

There are several types of stomach cancer:

  1. Adenocarcinoma: Begins in the innermost lining of the stomach; accounts for 90-95% of stomach cancers.
  2. Lymphoma: A cancer of immune system tissues found in the wall of the stomach; accounts for 4% of stomach cancers.
  3. Carcinoid tumor: Cancer that begins in hormone-producing cells in the stomach; accounts for 3% of stomach cancers.
  4. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor: Rare cancer that originates in specific cells in the stomach wall.
  5. Rare stomach cancers: Including squamous cell carcinoma, small-cell carcinoma of the pancreas (SCCP) and leiomyosarcoma (LMS).
  6. Non-cancerous tumors: Including lipoma and polyps.

What are the symptoms of stomach cancer?

Many of the symptoms caused by stomach cancer are generic and similar to those caused by a variety of health conditions. Be aware of these common symptoms, and don’t hesitate to consult your physician if you have them:

  • Bloating, fullness, or pain in the abdomen
  • Excessive belching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Dark Stools
  • General decline in health
  • Vomiting blood

How is stomach cancer treated?

Depending on the severity of the stomach cancer, treatment includes any combination of surgery (partial or full gastrectomy), chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and endoscopic therapy.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery for stomach cancer?

For many years, gastrectomy was done using standard open surgery. Then laparoscopy, or minimally-invasive, surgery was developed. This type of surgery uses a few small incisions and specialized surgical instruments to remove the cancerous part of the stomach with less risk and a quicker recovery than open surgery.

You can have confidence in Dr. Eghbalieh’s years of experience performing laparoscopic gastrectomies. However, Dr. Eghbalieh offers more — he also specializes in minimally-invasive robot-assisted surgery.

As Dr. Eghbalieh controls the robot-assisted instruments, he has a high-definition 3D view of the stomach. The flexible movement of the robotic arms allows Dr. Eghbalieh to operate with greater precision and better range of motion. Robotic surgery also gives the doctor the ability to get to areas that are hard for human hands to reach. Ultimately, robotic surgery provides optimal results, but only in the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Eghbalieh.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Eghbalieh accepts many of the largest Insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the accepted plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Facey Medical Group
Health Net
Healthcare Partners
Imperial Health Holdings
Medi-Cal
Medicare
Regal HMO
United Health Care
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