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Surgical treatment of liver metastases of gastric cancer: state of the art

Fabrizio Romano*, Mattia Garancini, Fabio Uggeri, Luca Degrate, Luca Nespoli, Luca Gianotti, Angelo Nespoli and Franco Uggeri

Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery, San Gerardo Hospital- University of Milano Bicocca, Via Donizetti 106, Monza 20052, Italy

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2012, 10:157  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-10-157

Published: 3 August 2012

Abstract

Background

The prognosis of patients with liver metastases from gastric cancer (LMGC) is dismal, and little is known about prognostic factors in these patients; so justification for surgical resection is still controversial. Furthermore the results of chemotherapy for these patients are disappointing. The purpose of this study was to review recent outcomes of hepatectomy for LMGC and to determine the suitable candidates for surgery, assessing the surgical results and clinicopathologic features. Moreover we compare these results with those obtained with alternative treatments.

Keywords:
Gastric cancer; Liver resection; Metastases; Prognosis