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Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Jun;21 Suppl 3:S385-9. doi: 10.1245/s10434-014-3615-8. Epub 2014 Mar 5.

Accuracy of CT staging of locally advanced gastric cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy: cohort evaluation within a randomized phase II study.

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Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Kanagawa Cancer Center, Yokohama, Japan,



Accuracy of the radiologic diagnosis of gastric cancer staging after neoadjuvant chemotherapy remains unclear.


Patients enrolled in the COMPASS trial, a randomized phase II study comparing two and four courses of S-1 plus cisplatin and paclitaxel and cisplatin followed by gastrectomy, were examined. The radiologic stage was determined by using thin-slice computed tomography (CT) or multidetector low CT by following Habermann's method.


A total of 75 patients registered in the COMPASS study who underwent surgical resection were examined in this study. The radiologic T and pathologic T stages were not significantly correlated (p = 0.221). The radiologic accuracy and rates of underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis were 42.7, 10.7, and 46.7%, respectively. When patients were stratified according to the pathologic response of the primary tumor, the correlation was not significant in either the responders (n = 32, p = 0.410) or the nonresponders (n = 43, p = 0.742). The radiologic accuracy was 37.5% in the responders and 42.7% in the nonresponders. The radiologic N and pathologic N stages were significantly correlated (p = 0.000). The radiologic accuracy and rates of underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis were 44, 29.3, and 26.7%, respectively. When stratifying the patients with measurable lymph nodes according only to the radiologic response, the correlation was significant in the nonresponders (n = 23, p = 0.035) but not in the responders (n = 28, p = 0.634). The radiologic accuracy was 39.3% in the responders and 52.1% in the nonresponders.


Restaging using CT after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for gastric cancer is considered to be inaccurate and unreliable. In particular, the radiologic T-staging determined after neoadjuvant chemotherapy should not be considered in clinical decision-making.

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