decide the best course of treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know as much
as they can about your cancer. This may mean getting some tests and working with more
than one healthcare provider. And you may decide that you want to get a second opinion
to help you choose a treatment.
Stomach cancer often takes many years to develop. Sometimes, though, stomach cancer can grow and spread very quickly. Healthcare providers have a hard time predicting which stomach cancers will grow slowly and which will grow quickly. The good news is that healthcare providers can spot stomach cancer earlier than ever before. That means there's more hope of beating the cancer.
The biopsy that showed you have cancer gives your healthcare provider other facts. For instance, it can help him or her predict how fast the cancer may grow. This is called the grade. It's likely you'll need other tests to learn how far the cancer has progressed. This is called the stage.