Chemioterapia adiuvante nel carcinoma gastrico



Ann. Ital. Chir., LXXII, 1, 2001

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The adjuvant chemotherapy (A.C.) is considered as a complementary treatment in patients who underwent radical surgery for gastric cancer, with complete removal of the tumor and absence of macroscopically detectable metastasis. This treatment is generally started within 4-6 weeks after the operation. The indication to A.C. is related practically only to the stage of the disease, due to the fact that no other prognostic factors of an increased risk of relapse have been detected. Two metanalysis have been recently published by Earle (1998) and Floriani (1998); both the two have recogni – zed a possible effective role of the CA for Gastric Cancer. Naturally these “impressions” of efficacy documented by the – se two metanalysis should be confirmed through new trials with larger recruitment. In these new trials the new gene – ration schedules (weekly PELF, ECF plus 5-FU ), which showed an incressed response for advanced disease, should be administered.