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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 77

of 'Management of gastrointestinal lymphomas'

Surgery plus chemotherapy or chemotherapy alone for primary intermediate- and high-grade gastric non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: the Royal Marsden Hospital experience.
Popescu RA, Wotherspoon AC, Cunningham D, Norman A, Prendiville J, Hill ME
Eur J Cancer. 1999;35(6):928.
Primary gastric lymphomas (PGL) have traditionally been treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Surgery was thought to improve staging, optimise local disease control and reduce risk of perforation or bleeding, but recent studies question its role. In this study, patients with intermediate- or high-grade PGL who received chemotherapy from 1985 to 1996 at the Royal Marsden Hospital were identified using a prospectively accrued database. A total of 37 patients (6 with low-grade mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma (MALT-L), 9 with high-grade MALT-L, 20 with diffuse large B-cell (DLBC) lymphoma and 2 other histologies), 17 of whom had localised disease, were treated with either surgery plus chemotherapy or chemotherapy alone. 5-year overall survival for localised and advanced PGL was 94 and 50%, respectively, with no differences between the two treatments over a 53 months median follow-up. No perforations or serious bleeding occurred. Surgery is associated with important morbidity and we detected no benefit of surgery prior to chemotherapy in this limited series of patients.
Department of Medicine, Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust, Surrey, U.K.