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Acta Chir Belg. 2013 Sep-Oct;113(5):346-50.

Pancreaticoduodenectomy for advanced gastric carcinoma patients.

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Division of Gastroenterologic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.



The prognosis for patients with gastric carcinoma that has invaded adjacent organs, especially the pancreas, is very poor. We evaluated the survival of patients following pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) and the survival benefit of intravenous chemotherapy in these patients.


We reviewed the hospital records of 16 gastric carcinoma patients who underwent PD during the period from 2001 to 2005.


Half of the patients undergoing PD had Borrmann type III gastric carcinoma (8/16; 50%). Using Cox's proportional hazards regression model, only one factor was identified as an independent, statistically significant prognosticator intravenous chemotherapy (risk ratio, 0.054; 95% confidence interval, 0.01-0.45; p < 0.01). The 5-year survival rate was higher for patients who had intravenous chemotherapy than for patients who did not (22.2% vs. 0%; p < 0.01).


The results highlight the improved survivorship of gastric carcinoma patients with PD who received intravenous chemotherapy compared with those who did not. We recommend resection in these patients and the administration of intravenous chemotherapy to improve their survival.

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