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iConcept Journal of Emerging Issues in Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
Title
iConcept Journal of Emerging Issues in Medical Diagnosis and Treatment
Editor
Eugenia Giannopoulou
ISSN
2309-3528
Publisher
iConcept Press

iConcept Journal of Emerging Issues in Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

Laparoscopic Staging in Gastric Cancer

by Ramesh Gurunathan

Volume: 2 (2013); Issue: 3

Abstract

Staging in any form of cancer has been an integral part in the management of this disease, especially so in gastric cancers. Gastric cancer has a high incidence in the Asian region and comes with a poor prognosis if not detected early. Gastric cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the world. Laparoscopy was introduced more than four decades ago and has been utilized in various surgical fields. Laparoscopy in gastric cancer has revolutionized its management and offers a more comprehensive way of dealing with this dreaded disease. A simple and quick method of staging, laparoscopy detects metastatic disease and can alter the course of treatment. Laparoscopic staging complements other staging modalities like a CT scan . A diagnostic laparoscopy can also avoid unnecessary laparotomy which will increase the morbidity of an ill patient.

Author Details

Ramesh Gurunathan
Department of Surgery, Sunway Medical Center, Malaysia, Malaysia

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