, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 103-106

Results of surgical treatment of early gastric cancer in 113 patients

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From 1961 to 1978, 113 patients with early gastric cancer were treated surgically at Erlangen University. The lesions were located in the lower 1/3 of the stomach in 47% of the patients, in the corpus and fundus in 46%, and in the gastric stump after resection in 7%. Surgical techniques included subtotal distal resection, proximal resection, total gastrectomy, local excision and polypectomy, and their use depended on the circumstances. The tumors were classified as intestinal type carcinoma in 71% of patients and diffuse type carcinoma in 29%. The 5-year survival rates calculated by the actuarial method were 74% (observed) and 87% (age corrected). Tumors in the lower 1/3 of the stomach had a better prognosis than tumors of other regions. Tumors limited to the mucosa had a higher 5-year survival rate than those with invasion of the submucosa. In Europe, as in Japan, early gastric cancer has a much better prognosis than all other forms of gastric cancer.

Presented at the XXVIIIth Congress of the Société Internationale de Chirurgie, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., September 2–8, 1979.