Effective follow-up for recurrence or a primary cancer in patients with early gastric cancer

Y. Ikeda, M. Saku, F. Kishihara, Y. Maehara

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Background: Patients with early gastric cancer have an excellent prognosis with low rates of recurrence, but may have an increased risk of developing a second primary cancer. Because the number of early gastric cancers has increased, clarification of both recurrences and second primary cancers is important for the development of effective postoperative follow-up programmes. Methods: Data on 1070 patients with early gastric cancer were analysed retrospectively with respect to the clinicopathological features of both recurrence and second primary cancers after surgical treatment. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that lymph node metastasis and older age were independent risk factors for recurrence of early gastric cancer. The incidence of second primary cancers was 5.0 per cent; lung and colorectal cancers were detected most frequently, followed by cancers in the oesophagus, breast and remnant stomach. Conclusion: Clinicopathological features of patients with early gastric cancer can be used to identify those most at risk of developing either recurrence or a second primary cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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