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PURPOSE Postoperative pancreatic fistula is a dreadful complication after gastric cancer surgery. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the actual incidence and risk factors of postoperative pancreatic fistula after curative gastrectomy for gastric cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 900 patients who underwent gastrectomy for gastric cancer(More)
Ecklonia cava (EC) is a brown alga that evidences radical scavenging activity, bactericidal activity, tyrosinase inhibitory activity, and protease inhibitory activity. However, its anti-allergic effects remain poorly understood. In the current study, we attempted to determine whether pretreatment with EC induces a significant inhibition of asthmatic(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of laparoscopic completion total gastrectomy (LCTG) in patients with remnant gastric cancer. METHODS Patients who underwent completion total gastrectomy for remnant gastric cancer between May 2003 and December 2012 were divided into two groups: an open completion total gastrectomy(More)
BACKGROUND Very few reports are available on laparoscopic gastrectomy (LG) for advanced gastric cancer (AGC) patients. We therefore conducted a prospective phase II clinical trial to address the feasibility of LG in AGC. Morbidity and mortality were evaluated. METHODS The eligibility criteria were as follows: 20-80 years of age, cT2N0-cT4aN2, American(More)
Minimally invasive surgery has become common in the surgical resection of gastrointestinal submucosal tumors (SMTs). The purpose of this article is to review recent trends in minimally invasive surgery for gastric SMTs. Although laparoscopic resection has been main stream of minimally invasive surgery for gastrointestinal SMTs, recent advances in endoscopic(More)
Herb extracts commercially used in Asia were screened for their estrogenic activity with a recombinant yeast system with both a human estrogen receptor (ER) expression plasmid and a reporter plasmid. Pueraria lobata (flower) had the highest estrogenic relative potency (RP, 17-estradiol = 1.00) (7.8e-3) (RP for + control), followed by Amomum xanthioides(More)
OBJECTIVES Simultaneous organ resection is performed in 10% of laparoscopic gastrectomies for gastric cancer. The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility and safety of simultaneous organ resection with laparoscopic gastrectomy for gastric cancer. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the medical records from a prospectively(More)
BACKGROUND Despite adjuvant chemotherapy, patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC) often develop recurrence, and the peritoneum is the most common site of recurrence. Therefore, intraperitoneal chemotherapy (IPC) has been proposed as a treatment option. The aim of this study was to select the eligible patients for application of IPC. METHODS A total of(More)
Natural agents with the immunomodulating property have been gaining traction to be employed in the complementary therapy of cancer because the ineffectiveness of numerous therapeutic strategies may be related in part to the tumor-induced immunosuppressive phenotypes, especially regulatory T (Treg) cells found in the tumor microenvironment. The present study(More)