Assessment of surgical treatment and postoperative nutrition in gastric cancer patients older than 80 years

Tomonori Nakanoko, Yoshihiro Kakeji, Koji Ando, Yuichiro Nakashima, Kippei Ohgaki, Yasue Kimura, Hiroshi Saeki, Eiji Oki, Masaru Morita, Yoshihiko Maehara

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Background: A gastrectomy for gastric cancer is sometimes required in patients older than 80 years due to the continuously increasing age of society. However, if a gastrectomy worsens the postoperative quality of life and daily activity in elderly patients because of poor nutrition, the procedure may not always be a useful treatment strategy.

Patients and Methods: Clinicopathological data of patients with gastric cancer who underwent a gastrectomy at our Department between 1998 and 2008 (N=471) were collected and analyzed. The results of treatment for patients older than 80 years (N=41) were analyzed and compared against those of patients younger than 80 years (N=430).

Results: Patients older than 80 years had a higher frequency of preoperative co-morbidities than patients younger than 80 years. However, there was no statistical difference in postoperative complications regarding nutrition between the two groups.

Conclusion: Older age is not a determinant of poor nutrition following gastrectomy. Gastrectomy for gastric cancer is, therefore, a useful treatment strategy, regardless of ageing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-516
Number of pages6
JournalAnticancer research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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