Radical Surgery for Gastric Carcinoma: It is Not an Issue of Whether to Perform D1 or D2. Dissect as Many Lymph Nodes as Possible and You Will Be Rewarded

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Abstract

In the current review article, evidences on radical surgery for gastric cancer reported in the literature are highlighted. The authors conclude that extended lymphadenectomy offers a statistically significant survival benefit. This benefit is only evident if the operative mortality is less than 2%, as obtained in centers of excellence with a high-volume experience of resection of gastric cancer. Lymphadenectomy should no longer be considered only as a tool for cancerstaging, but also as a beneficial therapeutic measure.

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