Characteristics of gastric cancer in the aged
Lymphatic metastases represent one of the most important factors influencing survival in patients with gastric cancer. According to the 5th revision of the international staging of gastric cancer brought in 1997, for accurate determination of nodal status at least 16 nodes need to be examined. It is known that the number and size of lymph nodes depend on anatomical region as well as constitutional characteristics of patients, especially age. However, it is not known if there is association between patient age and the number and status of lymph nodes that are harvested and examined using standard techniques and possible influence on tumor staging. This study comprised 40 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma in whom potentially curative resection was performed between 2000 and 2003. Results of this study show that the number of harvested lymph nodes is greater in patients 65 years of age and younger (16.6. lymph nodes on average) compared to patients older than 65 years (14.2 lymph nodes on average). There was statistically significant correlation between patient age and lymph node size. Results of this study indicate the need for attention when determining nodal status of patients with gastric cancer.
Copyright (c) 2005 Acta Chirurgica Croatica
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
The authors hereby authorize the Acta Chirurgica Croatica (ACC) to publish their work.
The authors are aware that although ACC is Open Access journal, the copyright of all material published is vested in ACC. Open access articles are freely available to read, download, and share from the time of publication under the terms of the Creative Commons License Attribution ‐ NonCommerical No Derivative (CC BY‐NC‐ND) license. This license does not permit reuse for any commercial purposes nor does it cover the reuse or modification of individual elements of the work (such as figures, tables, etc.) in the creation of derivative works without specific permission of ACC and appropriate acknowledgment of its source. The authors permit ACC to allow third parties to copy any part of the work without asking for permission, provided that the reference to the source is given and that this is not done for commercial purposes. Except for copyright, other proprietary rights related to the work (e.g., patent or other rights to any process or procedure) shall be retained by the author. To reproduce any text, figures, tables, or illustrations from this work in future works of their own, the author must obtain written permission from ACC.
Each of the author(s) hereby also grants permission to ACC to use such author’s name and likeness in connection with any past, present or future promotional activity by ACC, including, but not limited to, promotions for upcoming issues or publications, circulation solicitations, advertising or other publications in connection with ACC. Also, each of the author(s) hereby grants permission to ACC to use the manuscript in editorial research related to the improvement of editorial conduct, decision making, and issues related to peer review.
Each of the author(s) hereby releases and shall indemnify and hold harmless ACC and its successors, assigns, licensees, officers, directors, employees, and their respective heirs and representatives from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages and expenses arising out of any claims of any kind that may be asserted against any of them based in whole or in part on any breach of the author(s)’ representations or warranties herein or in the work or anything contained in the work, including but not limited to any claims for copyright infringement or violation of any rights of privacy or publicity.