[Preoperative downstaging in advanced stomach carcinoma. Wishful thinking or reality].

Abstract

By the time it is diagnosed, gastric carcinoma is usually already advanced and, as a result, has a poor prognosis. Surgery, with complete (R0) resection of the tumor, is the only chance of cure for this disease. However, in locally advanced gastric carcinoma this is only possible in approximately half of all cases. In order to help improve the prognosis of… (More)

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