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Surgery and radiation improve survival for metastatic gastric cancer patients, Moffitt study shows
Date:2/27/2013

he researchers noted that while their study results are provocative, they should not be used to make general recommendations about surgery and radiation. Their findings should be used to form the basis for conducting clinical trials to assess the role of surgery and radiation for patients who have responded to chemotherapy.

"Every patient is going to be different," Shridhar said. "If a patient with metastatic gastric cancer is in good health and responds to chemotherapy, a discussion with radiation and surgical oncologists should take place to determine the role and sequence of radiation and surgery. If the patient has not responded to chemotherapy, surgery and radiation will likely hold no benefit."


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Contact: Kim Polacek
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H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
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