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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 21, 2016; 22(3): 1101-1113
Published online Jan 21, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i3.1101
Quality of life: A critical outcome for all surgical treatments of gastric cancer
Michael D McCall, Peter J Graham, Oliver F Bathe
Michael D McCall, Peter J Graham, Oliver F Bathe, Department of Surgery and the Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9, Canada
Author contributions: McCall MD and Bathe OF conceived the paper; McCall MD, Graham PJ and Bathe OF contributed to writing and review of the manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare
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Correspondence to: Michael D McCall, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery and the Division of Surgical Oncology, University of Calgary, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 29th street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 2T9, Canada.
Received: June 10, 2015
Peer-review started: June 14, 2015
First decision: July 14, 2015
Revised: August 16, 2015
Accepted: November 9, 2015
Article in press: November 9, 2015
Published online: January 21, 2016
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Core tip: Quality of life is an important determinant in the optimal management of patients with malignancy. This is no different for gastric cancer where surgery is considered in cases of resection-for cure, palliation and prophylaxis. This review summarizes the available evidence surrounding the impact of surgery on quality of life in gastric cancer. In general, there has been an improved appreciation of the importance of quality of life as an outcome that must be considered in the context of survival and performance status.