I want to extend a warm welcome to you as a potential client of
The Moss Report on Cancer of the Stomach (gastric carcinoma). For over 35
years, it has been my mission to educate and empower patients, including many
with cancer of the stomach. I would be honored to be part of your healing
are several kinds of gastric cancer. About 95 percent are adenocarcinomas,
which originate in the lining of the stomach. There are also rarer types of
disease, such as soft tissue sarcomas—leiomyosarcomas or gastrointestinal
stromal tumors, GIST. (If you have one of these, you should order the Moss
Report on Sarcomas.) In addition, there are lymphomas such as mucosa associated
lymphoid tissue ( MALT ) and carcinoid tumors .
Moss Report includes a discussion of these main varieties, as classified by the
World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies. These are generally
classified by (a) cellular origin and (b) how those cells behave—ranging from
the least aggressive to the most malignant. The classification and grade of a
tumor may be used to predict its likely behavior. In cancer of the stomach,
this is based on the microscopic appearance of the tumor tissue as derived from
a biopsy sample.
Over the years, my thinking about the overall category of cancer
of the stomach has evolved considerably. I would like to share with you some of
the core beliefs I have developed about this type of cancer and the recovery
In the Moss
Report on Cancer of the Stomach we fully deal with the conventional treatments
of this disease category. What are these? They mainly consist of surgery, such
as the Whipple procedure, various types of radiation (including external beam,
brachytherapy or radioactive seeds, and proton beam therapy), as well as
various types of chemotherapy and ‘targeted’ agents. We also discuss the issue of “watchful
waiting” in cancer of the stomach. When might this be appropriate as an option?
We are not allied with any doctor, hospital or agency that
administers such treatments. This gives us the unusual ability to assess the
effectiveness of these treatments without any prejudice created by how we earn
our living. We combine this with a detailed knowledge of how these treatments
are actually administered and what they are likely to deliver.
conventional cancer of the stomach treatments definitely have their place, and
have often been instrumental in a cure, I also believe that there are new
treatments that offer hope to stomach cancer patients, such as those involved
in secondary prevention (to ward off recurrences).
There also are scientifically valid treatments that come from
outside conventional Western medicine. These treatments offer hope of real and
substantial benefit to cancer of the stomach patients, even those with advanced
disease. In this Moss Report I will discuss the ones that I believe are most
promising and relevant. Some of the most promising involve the medical use of
heat and electricity, immunotherapy and virology.
Keep in mind that some of what are called “alternative treatments”
in the United States are accepted and used in other countries. Some gastric
cancer treatments are so embroiled in controversy that it is difficult to
arrive at objective information about their effectiveness. I have done my best
to reach a realistic judgment on many of these. Yet other treatments and
approaches appear worthless or even dangerous.
My goal is to
provide you with information as well as to convey a way of looking at these
questions that you can apply to other treatments. I hope to give you a compass
with which to evaluate the many conflicting treatment claims in the cancer of
the stomach field and to help you formulate a winning plan for yourself. Let my
knowledge, objectivity, and experience help guide your journey!
I believe that overcoming one or another form of cancer of the
stomach and remaining well is more than just a physical process. Of course,
medical treatments, such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as
more natural therapies, have their place in the treatment of this disease, and
you need scientific information to make rational decisions about them all. But
there is another dimension to the cancer problem. As one long-term survivor put
it, “Returning to a state of health is not just about having treatment; it
means dealing with the mental, emotional and the spiritual issues that tend to
manifest physically. It means asking, ‘Am I on the path that I want to be on?’
This Moss Report on Stomach Cancer is dedicated to helping you to
repair the breach that this cancer has created in your life. To do so, you need
to seek emotional healing as well. The attention you give these less tangible
areas can speed healing and enhance the effectiveness of your physical
treatments. But it can also serve as a profound source of strength, peace, and
inspiration for you. What we call body, mind, and spirit are interwoven strands
that form the whole person.