Single-institution experience of preoperative chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced gastric cancer.


Journal Article

99 Background: To examine acute toxicity and outcomes for patients treated with preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for gastric cancer. METHODS: Patients with gastroesophageal (GE) junction (Siewert type II and III) or stomach adenocarcinoma who underwent curative intent CRT followed by planned surgical resection at Duke University between 1987 and 2009 were reviewed. Tumors were staged according to AJCC 6(th) edition. Local recurrence was defined as radiographic or biopsy- proven disease within the radiation treatment field. Overall survival (OS), local control (LC) and disease-free survival (DFS) were estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method. Toxicity was graded according to CTCAE v4.0. RESULTS: Forty-eight patients (60% stage III, 8% stage IV) were included. Most (73%) had proximal (GE junction, cardia and fundus) tumors. Thirty-five percent had signet ring histology, 52% had poorly differentiated tumors and 10% had linitis plastica. Median age was 60 years and median RT dose was 45 Gy. All patients received concurrent chemotherapy (CT) with 40 (83%) receiving 5-FU-based CT. Rates of acute > grade 2 hematologic and non-hematologic toxicity were 38% and 10%, respectively. Six patients (13%) required treatment break and two (4%) were unable to complete the prescribed treatment course. Thirty-six patients (75%) underwent surgery. Patients did not undergo surgery due to distant metastases at laparotomy or restaging (n=9), patient refusal (n=2) or poor performance status (n=1). Pathologic complete response and R0 resection rates were 19% and 86%, respectively. Thirty-day surgical mortality was 6%. At 42 months median follow-up, 3-year actuarial OS for all patients was 40%. For those undergoing surgery, 3-year OS, LC and DFS were 50%, 73% and 41%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Preoperative CRT for gastric cancer is reasonably well tolerated with acceptable rates of perioperative morbidity and mortality. In this patient cohort with advanced disease, LC, DFS and OS rates in resected patients are comparable to similarly staged, adjuvantly treated historic controls. Further study comparing neoadjuvant CRT to standard treatment approaches for gastric cancer is indicated. No significant financial relationships to disclose.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pepek, JM; Chino, JP; Willett, CG; Tyler, DS; Uronis, HE; Czito, BG

Published Date

  • February 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 4_suppl

Start / End Page

  • 99 -

PubMed ID

  • 27985467

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27985467

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States