November Awareness Month 2018

About stomach cancer

Quick Facts

  • There is estimate of 1 million new gastric cancer cases worldwide this year, 28,000 of which are in the United States.

  • Stomach Cancer is the 5th most common cancer in the world.

  • A large majority of cases are in underdeveloped countries.

  • The survival rate drops dramatically from Stage IA to Stage IIA and later stages.

  • 5 year survival rate is 28%.

Some Types of Stomach Cancer

  • Adenocarcinoma: starts in the glands of the stomach lining and represent nearly all stomach cancer cases, over 95%.

  • Squamous Cells: the cells that are between the gland cells that produce the stomach lining.

  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST): A rare type of tumor that develops in the tissues that support organs of the digestive system.

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors: grows in hormone producing tissues.

Main Treatment Options

  • Surgery

  • Chemotherapy

  • Targeted therapy

  • Radiation therapy

 

5 Year Survival Rate When Treated With Surgery

 

WHAT IS STOMACH CANCER?

Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is cancer of the stomach.  It begins there, and like other types of cancer, can spread to other parts of the body.  Because the stomach shares the abdomen with other organs, it is extremely important to be able to recognize the source of other pains and symptoms.  Organs such as the colon, pancreas, and liver, among others, are also in this part of the body, and those types of cancers do not always share the same symptoms and treatments, as well as the same outlook.

BY THE NUMBERS

In 2018, there will be an estimated 1 million new gastric cancer cases and nearly fifteen million new total cancer cases worldwide.  In the United States alone, there will an estimated 28,000 and 1.7 million new cases respectively.  Gastric cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in the world, and the five year survival rate for the disease is 28%.  The survival rate drops dramatically from Stage IA to Stage IIA and later stages.

Road map of the stomach

When traveling through the body, and the stomach more specifically, the first part that is reached is the Cardia, followed bu the upper part of the stomach called the Fundus, and then the body of the stomach also known as the Corpus.  When continuing through, the lower portion is called the Antrum which is near the intestines, and lastly, the last part of the stomach is called the Pylorus.

THE TYPES OF STOMACH CANCER

  • Adenocarcinoma: starts in the glands of the stomach lining and represent nearly all stomach cancer cases, over 95%.

  • Squamous Cells: the cells that are between the gland cells that produce the stomach lining.

  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST): a rare type of tumor that develops in the tissues that support organs of the digestive system.

  • Neuroendocrine Tumors: grows in hormone producing tissues.

 

About our work

 Founder and President, Ben Broghammer, presents Project Periwinkle's first contribution to Saint Louis University Cancer Center on October 21, 2015.

Founder and President, Ben Broghammer, presents Project Periwinkle's first contribution to Saint Louis University Cancer Center on October 21, 2015.

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY CANCER CENTER, St. Louis, MO

In August 2015, our Board of Directors approved funding for Saint Louis University Cancer Center, and we have begun working together to support awareness, preventative, and educational programs.  Through our commitment to better the lives of others, Project Periwinkle strives to develop action plans that help us work toward our mission of funding research with the goal of funding a cure.  As an organization, we are also working to bring awareness to this disease and educate people throughout the world.  Stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the world, and accounts for about 1 million cases worldwide every year.  Our dream is to make that number 0 and be able to live in a world where we tell future generations what cancer was, not what it is.

 FRED & PAMELA BUFFETT CANCER CENTER, OMAHA, NE

On February 24, 2018, our founder and president, Ben Broghammer, traveled to Omaha to formally present Project Periwinkle's financial contribution to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  

The transitional research conducted there provides those with a cancer diagnosis and their families with the best weapon there is for fighting back:  Hope.  They have been a leader in the fight back against cancer for over 40 years, offering patients the most up to date and innovative treatment options available through the integration of cutting-edge research into state-of-the art care.  Our contribution will help support the Gastrointestinal Research Program, and contribute to the research being done to fight back against stomach cancer.

About Project Periwinkle

Our Story:

Project Periwinkle was founded by Ben Broghammer in memory of his cousin Michon Runyon, who passed away in the summer of 2014 after battling with stomach cancer.  He formally launched this organization in May of 2015, while still attending Saint Louis University for his undergraduate education, and he currently is serving as Project Periwinkle's President and Chairman.  Michon was full of life and had the ability to light up a room and the hope of Ben and all those involved with this organization is that her memory will continue to live on through the work we do.  We are looking forward to a future where we can, as a world, say what cancer was, not what it is.  Stomach cancer is a disease that affects so many families.  Together we can find a cure, and together we can make a difference.

Family is something that many of us hold dear to our hearts.  And when bad something happens in our life that affects our family, we can’t help but question, wonder, and struggle with the emotions.  As told in our Founder’s Message, we don’t have to stick to the way life is, accepting the prenotion that our futures and stories are already decided.  We can do something to change the field of medicine and change the outcome for others.  We can’t do anything to change the past, but we can do everything to change the future.  Hope is a great gift to give someone, but a second chance at life comes in first place.

Our dream is to live in a world without cancer.  And in the words of Walt Disney, “all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

What Sets Us Apart:

We started to help people, and we make it our work to ensure that we maximize our impact everyday.  100% of the funds raised, go toward research and awareness, and we do everything we can to keep our overhead at a minimum.  This starts with everyone, from our President to our employees, giving their time and not accepting compensation for their work, and we could not do what we do without our volunteers.  That is what sets us apart from other charities and foundations, and we are proud of that.  But more importantly, we are proud of what that enables us to do - make the biggest difference possible in the lives of others and working to eliminate a disease that affects so many lives every year.

Get Involved:

Support from those around the United States is what keeps us going and allows us to work toward our mission.  If you would like to donate to our organization so our important work can continue, please visit our donate page.  For updates and information please signup for our newsletter through the form on our homepage or follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.  Thank you for your support!


Information on this page has been compiled from a number of sources, including World Cancer Research Fund International, American Cancer Society, cancer.net, and Cancer Center UK.  Project Periwinkle does not own all this information and the information is used for fair use educational purposes following United States Copyright Law.