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Gastric Cancer in the Elderly

  • Daniel Albo
  • Daniel A. Anaya
  • David H. Berger
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Abstract

In recent decades, improved socioeconomic conditions, medical progress, and preventive medicine have lengthened life expectancy in our society and consequently increased the elderly population. Despite an overall drop in the incidence of gastric cancer in the Western world, increased life expectancy has resulted in a growing proportion of elderly patients with gastric cancer. Today, more than 30% of patients with gastric cancer are older than 70 years. Although some characteristics of this disease are similar in younger and older patients, management of gastric cancer in the elderly exhibits some significant differences and presents unique challenges compared to management in younger patients. In this chapter, we will explore some of the unique epidemiological and pathological features of this disease in the elderly. Furthermore, we will try to elucidate the ideal surgical treatment strategies and the role of multimodality management in this challenging group of patients.

Keywords

Gastric Cancer Overall Survival Pylorus Infection Curative Resection Gastric Adenocarcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryBaylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical CenterHoustonUSA

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