Oncology Reviews

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 127–132 | Cite as

Gastric carcinoma: when is palliative gastrectomy justified?



Gastric carcinoma is frequently diagnosed with an advanced stage of non-curable tumor growth characterized by infiltration of the gastric serosa, peritoneal tumor spread and/or metastases within lymph nodes and liver. Currently, there is a controversy on the value of palliative resection with regard to the safety and benefit to the patient outcome. Based on the available literature, this overview summarizes the various aspects and interprets the limited data on the palliative resection of gastric carcinoma. It turns out that the available study results may indicate potential for an improved quality of life and a prolongation of survival if an acceptable morbidity and mortality are present.


Gastric carcinoma Palliative resection Survival Morbidity Mortality Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General, Abdominal and Vascular SurgeryOtto-von-Guericke UniversityMagdeburgGermany

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