J Korean Surg Soc.  2009 Dec;77(6):385-390. 10.4174/jkss.2009.77.6.385.

Clinicopathologic Evaluation of Patients with Recurrence of Gastric Cancer within 6 Months after Curative Resection

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. khjho@khmc.or.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
Evaluation of the clinicopathologic characteristics of recurred gastric cancer after curative resection is useful for detection of the recurrence and care thereof. The aim of this study was evaluating the characteristics of recurrence that occur less than 6 months after curative resection for gastric cancer.
METHODS
The study included 199 patients who recurred after curative gastrectomy that was performed in Kyung-Hee University Medical Center, from January 2000 to January 2008. Clinicopathologic findings were compared between 18 patients who recurred within 6 months after gastrectomy (early recurrence group) and 56 patients who recurred 2 years later (late recurrence group).
RESULTS
When compared with the late recurrence group, the early recurrence group was characterized by extended lymph node metastasis (P=0.005), advanced stage of disease (P=0.022), shorter survival period after recurrence (P=0.001), and more hepatic metastasis (P=0.008).
CONCLUSION
Patients with more advanced stages of disease or those with extended lymph node metastasis have a risk of early recurrence after curative gastrectomy. Clinicopathologic characteristics related to recurrence time of gastric cancer are important in detection and effective care of recurred gastric cancer.

Keyword

Early recurrence; Curative resection; Gastric cancer

MeSH Terms

Academic Medical Centers
Gastrectomy
Humans
Lymph Nodes
Neoplasm Metastasis
Recurrence
Stomach Neoplasms
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