Vancouver, BC – 4 October 2016 – The GI (Gastrointestinal) Society is proud to offer a new support group dedicated exclusively for individuals living with or recovering from stomach (gastric) cancer as well as their loved ones.

“A stomach cancer diagnosis often results in emotional stress and a myriad of questions from the person with cancer and their loved ones,” said Gail Attara, President and CEO of the GI Society. “Our support group offers those who attend an opportunity to exchange information and share their experiences and management strategies in a supportive, laid back environment.”

Stomach cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths worldwide, after lung cancer. If caught early, it is reasonably treatable. However, in the later stages, stomach cancer has a 5-year survival rate of only 23%, meaning that 77% of patients die within 5 years of diagnosis. It affects 2.1% of male cancer patients and 1.3% of female cancer patients in Canada. Diagnosing stomach cancer early is challenging, as the signs and symptoms can be similar to other diseases or disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

Due to strong media coverage and public awareness campaigns, many people know about the effects of cancers affecting the lungs, colon, breasts, and prostate. Although the incidence of stomach cancer is lower in Canada than other countries, it is a malignant disease that requires strong awareness among Canadians.

“We want those living with or recovering from stomach cancer to know that the GI Society is pleased to provide support and valuable resources to them,” said Gail Attara. “Our office team and support group facilitator will consistently collaborate to provide accurate, current information necessary to help individuals manage their diagnosis and communicate effectively with their health care providers.”


About the Stomach Cancer Support Group

Facilitated by Millie McConnell, a survivor of stomach cancer, this group takes place on the last Thursday of every month at the Church in the Valley in Langley, BC. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend.

Church in the Valley
23589 Old Yale Road,
Langley, BC
V2Z 2K4


About the Gastrointestinal Society (GI Society)

As the Canadian leader in providing trusted, evidence-based information on all areas of the gastrointestinal tract, the GI Society is committed to improving the lives of people with GI and liver conditions, supporting research, advocating for appropriate patient access to health care, and promoting gastrointestinal and liver health.