Clinical Correlates of Resectability and Survival in Gastric Carcinoma

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The course of 201 patients with carcinoma of the stomach treated from 1962 through 1966 was followed with 97% determinacy for 10 years. The actual five year survival rate was 11%; the ten year rate was 7%. The mean duration of survival was 5.8 ± 2.7 (S.D.) months. These results were similar to those reported for the period 1922–1926. Survival was strongly correlated with the surgeon's assessment after exploration. All patients alive after five years had operations thought to be curative, usually partial gastrectomies; the survival rate of this group was 24%. Gastroenterostomy was ineffectual palliation. Better results will require nonsurgical adjuncts, since the correlates of survival are those of minimally invasive cancer.

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