Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

The combination of surgery with the removal of the cancer and draining lymph nodes offers improved survival. Outcomes are only acceptable when surgeons perform operations frequently, affecting both early complications and improving cancer survival figures.

Particular training is required for management of the lymph nodes in gastric cancer. Removal of lymph nodes in gastric cancer series has shown that five-year survival is improved from 40%-45% to more than 65%. This is achieved by radical removal of the lymph nodes around the celiac axis, hepatic artery, splenic artery and the pancreas.

Outcomes are only acceptable when surgeons perform operations frequently, affecting both early complications and improving cancer survival figures.

Some patients are suitable for key hole (laparoscopic) surgery for stomach cancer and this surgery can only be offered with good cure rates in a high volume setting.

For more information on gastric cancer see: http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/type/stomach-cancer/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stomach_cancer

Barium meal of Gastric Cancer

Barium meal of Gastric Cancer

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