[A Case of Advanced Gastric Cancer Resected for Rebleeding after Palliative Radiotherapy for Hemostasis].

Gan To Kagaku Ryoho 2016 Nov;43(12):1936-1938

Division of Digestive and General Surgery, Niigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences.

We report a case of advanced gastric cancer(AGC)that was resected for rebleeding after palliative radiotherapy for hemostasis. A 74-year-old man with Stage IV gastric cancer received chemotherapy and achieved stable disease. After 23 months, he experienced continuous bleeding from the tumor due to regrowth. Palliative radiotherapy was conducted to control the bleeding, and the tumor successfully achieved hemostasis. However, 6 weeks later, the patient experienced rebleeding and developed hemostatic shock. We then performed a successful emergency gastrectomy. Bleeding negatively affects quality of life in patients with AGC and is potentially lethal. Although palliative radiotherapy for bleeding of gastric cancer is a safe and useful treatment within a short time frame in cases of rebleeding, emergency gastrectomy may be necessary. Therefore, when we select this treatment, the possibility of subsequent surgical treatment must be considered.

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November 2016
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