TITLE

PROGNOSTIC SIGNIFICANCE OF ALARM SYMPTOMS IN PATIENTS WITH GASTRIC CANCER

AUTHOR(S)
Stephens, M. R.; Blackshaw, G. R. J. C.; Paris, H.; Edwards, P.; Barry, J. D.; Allison, M. C.; Lewis, W. G.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA39
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on a study that explores prognostic significance of alarm symptoms in patients with gastric cancer. Recently modified BSG guidelines advise that endoscopic investigation of dyspepsia in patients aged under 55 years is only justified in the presence of alarm symptoms. Alarm symptoms are absent in a significant minority of patients at diagnosis, and patients without them stand a better chance of potentially curative surgery and long term survival. The original age threshold of 45 is safer practice in areas with high incidence of gastric cancer.
ACCESSION #
13218965

 

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