BACKGROUND/AIMS: The number of the eldest elderly (aged 85 years and older) patients with gastric cancer has been rising in Japan. Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) has been accepted as a less invasive treatment for gastric cancer. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of LADG for eldest elderly patents.
METHODOLOGY: From January 2006 to July 2010, 262 patients underwent LADG for gastric cancer. Of these, 9 patients were 85 years old and over (eldest elderly group) and the remaining 253 patients were younger than 85 years (control group). Clinicopathological characteristics and operative outcomes were analyzed.
RESULTS: Among clinicopathological characteristics analyzed in this study (gender, body mass index, co-morbidity, American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status and tumor status), only gender showed a significant difference between the eldest elderly and the control groups. There were no significant differences in operation time, blood loss, postoperative complication and postoperative hospital stay between the 2 groups. No serious complications or mortality were found in the eldest elderly group.
CONCLUSIONS: It is suggested that LADG is a safe and efficient procedure for the treatment of gastric cancer, even in eldest elderly patients.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1 2014|
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