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Gastrectomy for gastric cancer: defining critical elements of patient selection and outcome assessment.

Authors
  • Miner, Thomas J1
  • Karpeh, Martin S
  • 1 Department of Surgery, Brown Medical School, 593 Eddy Street, APC 439, Providence, RI 02903, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
July 2004
Volume
13
Issue
3
Identifiers
PMID: 15236728
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In advanced gastric cancer, palliation of symptoms, rather than cure, is often the most appropriate goal of patient management. There are important differences among patients undergoing non-curative operations for gastric cancer. The literature to date is limited, in part, by imprecise use of the term palliative. In clinical decision-making, the potential benefits of proposed procedure must be balanced against the duration of hospitalization, treatment of complications, and requirements for additional palliation. Studies designed to measure palliative interventions would benefit from precise designations of palliative intent inpatients receiving non-curative operations.

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