World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 21, Issue 7, pp 777–782

Quality of Life of Patients with Gastric Adenocarcinoma after Curative Gastrectomy

  • Chew-Wun Wu
  • Mao-Chih Hsieh
  • Su-Shun Lo
  • Wing-Yiu Lui
  • Fang-Ku P’eng

Abstract. Quality of life (QOL) was evaluated in 162 patients having radical gastrectomy for cancer. The results showed that more than half of the patients had a good appetite; they consumed a normal diet and a normal volume of food. Approximately 60% of the patients had weight loss of more than 5 kg. Patients who underwent a total gastrectomy had poor tolerance of normal food and frequent eating and body weight loss versus those who had a subtotal gastrectomy. Patients who underwent Billroth II reconstruction after a distal subtotal gastrectomy lost more body weight than those with a Billroth I anastomosis. The extent of lymphadenectomy did not influence the QOL. Patients under 65 years of age had a better QOL. Nearly all patients had normal work and daily living activities. Some patients appeared to lack energy or had a period of anxiety or depression. These data indicate that radical gastrectomy can be performed with an acceptable QOL for a potentially curable gastric carcinoma.

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© 1997 by the Société Internationale de Chir ugie

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chew-Wun Wu
    • 1
  • Mao-Chih Hsieh
    • 1
  • Su-Shun Lo
    • 1
  • Wing-Yiu Lui
    • 1
  • Fang-Ku P’eng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Veterans General Hospital-Taipei, Shih-Pai, Taipei, Taiwan 11217, Republic of ChinaCN
  2. 2.National Yang-Ming University, School of Medicine, Shih-Pai, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of ChinaCN

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