Adjuvant chemotherapy and whole abdominal irradiation for gastric carcinoma

Yulia Kundel*, Mark L. Levitt, Bernice Oberman, Siegal Sadezki, Thomas Tichler, Zvi Symon, Raphael Catane, Raphael Pfeffer, Baruch Brenner

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Aims and background. To analyze the efficacy and toxicity of adjuvant chemotherapy followed by whole abdominal irradiation in the treatment of resectable gastric cancer with positive lymph nodes. Methods and study design. Between 1996 and 1999, 10 patients with node-positive gastric cancer underwent complete gross resection and were treated by postoperative chemoradiotherapy. The chemotherapy regimen consisted of 5-fluorouracil, 1000 mg/m2/day as a 96-hr continuous infusion on day 1, and cisplatin, 100 mg/m2 on day 2, every 21 days. Six courses were planned. Radiotherapy was administered 3 weeks after completion of the chemotherapy protocol as a single-fraction dose of 600 cGy in a two-field (anterior and posterior) configuration. Results. Treatment was generally well tolerated, with no treatment-related deaths. However, 9 of the 10 patients died of recurrent disease, with a median survival of 20 months (range, 7-84). Conclusions. Adjuvant chemotherapy with whole abdominal irradiation for gastric cancer is safe and tolerable but has no apparent effect on patient outcome. Studies in larger series are needed to evaluate the role of the approach in this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-473
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Adjuvant therapy
  • Gastric cancer
  • Whole abdominal irradiation


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