Palliative surgery in carcinoma of the stomach. Retrospective study of 112 consecutive cases.

J C de Almeida, A Bettencourt, C S Costa, J M de Almeida


From January 1980 until October 1991 we operated 112 patients with Gastric cancer in which Surgery was considered palliative by intra-operative criteria or by pathological analysis of the resected specimen. Locally irresectable tumour was found in 24.1% of the cases, peritoneal metastases (mets.) in 21.4%, liver mets. in 17%, lymphatic mets. in 16.1%, and other mets. in 21.4%. Resections were possible in 57 patients (50.8%), with a mortality rate of 10.5%, which was similar to the mortality in the non-resection group (7%) p = 0.2. Median survival for the entire group was 7 months, the non-resection group had a median survival of 4 months, and the resection group of 18 months (p = 6.480 e-0.7). Locally advanced tumors had a better outcome than the metastatic group (p = 0.05), but no difference was observed between patients with liver or peritoneal mets. Patients in stage 3 and 4 of the disease had a different prognosis (p = 0.03), and the resection group within each stage fared better.

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