Gastric cancer is the cancer originating in the esophagus, esophagogastric junction and stomach.
Most of gastric cancers are adenocarcinomas, subdivided according to histological appearances into diffuse (undifferentiated) and intestinal (well differentiated) types.
It is the 4th most common cancer and the 2nd most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.
Most common sites of gastric cancer are the proximal lesser curvature, cardia and esophagogastric junction.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may predispose patients to developing other diseases, as reported in a study. For the most part, it puts the whammy on chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, doubling exacerbations, and raises the risk of oesophageal adenocarcinoma.
Adding nivolumab to chemotherapy in the first-line setting significantly improves survival compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with HER2-negative advanced gastric/gastroesophageal (G/GEJ) cancer or oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), shows the CheckMate 649 study presented at ESMO 2020.
Not only does washing away free tumour cells in the peritoneum with extensive intraoperative peritoneal lavage (EIPL) during gastrectomy confer no survival benefit nor prevent disease recurrence compared with surgery alone, it may come with an increased risk of side effects, according to the phase III EXPEL* study presented at GICS 2020.
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy with S-1 and oxaliplatin (SOX) may be a suitable treatment measure for patients with advanced gastric or esophagogastric junction adenocarcinoma, according to the RESONANCE* trial presented at ASCO GI 2020.
Whether perioperative chemotherapy incorporating S-1 in the neoadjuvant setting provides better treatment outcomes than adjuvant chemotherapy postoperatively for patients with locally advanced gastric cancer (LAGC) was the topic of a lively discussion during the lunch forum session at the ISSPP 2019 Congress.
A neoadjuvant intraperitoneal and systemic chemotherapy (NIPS) comprising a triplet regimen of intraperitoneal docetaxel combined with intravenous cisplatin and oral S-1 was well tolerated with promising efficacy in patients who had gastric cancer with peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC), according to a presentation during the International Society for the Study of Pleura and Peritoneum (ISSPP) 2019 Congress held recently in Singapore
Helicobacter pylori treatment for 2 weeks and vitamin or garlic supplementation for 7 years have significantly lowered the risk of death due to gastric cancer during 22.3 years of follow-up, according to a recent study. H pylori treatment and vitamin supplementation are also associated with a reduced incidence of gastric cancer.
Individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) may be at risk of developing gastric cancer even after receiving Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication therapy, demonstrated a study from Hong Kong.
Updates from the SECURE-IBD* registry reveal that treatment with thiopurine, either alone or in combination with tumour necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFis), for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was associated with a greater risk of severe COVID-19 compared with TNFis monotherapy.