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Korean J Gastroenterol. 2014 Feb;63(2):66-81.

[Synopsis on clinical practice guideline of gastric cancer in Korea: an evidence-based approach].

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Department of Gastroenterology, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-861, Korea.


Although, gastric cancer is quite common in Korea, the treatment outcome is relatively favorable compared to that of Western countries. However, there is no Korean multidisciplinary guideline for gastric cancer and thus, a guideline adequate for domestic circumstances is required. Experts from related societies developed 22 recommendation statements for the diagnosis (n=9) and treatment (n=13) based on relevant key questions. Evidence levels based on systematic review of literatures were classified as five levels from A to E, and recommendation grades were classified as either strong or weak. The topics of this guideline cover diagnostic modalities (endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, radiologic diagnosis), treatment modalities (surgery, therapeutic endoscopy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) and pathologic evaluation. External review of the guideline was conducted at the finalization phase.

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