Perioperative, short-, and long-term outcomes of gastric cancer surgery: Propensity score-matched analysis of patients with or without prior solid organ transplantation

Deok Gie Kim, Won Jun Seo, Minah Cho, Yoo Min Kim, Kyu Ha Huh, Jae Ho Cheong, Woo Jin Hyung, Myoung Soo Kim, Hyoung Il Kim

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Background: Details of perioperative outcomes and survival after gastric cancer surgery in prior transplant recipients have received minimal research attention. Methods: We performed an observational cohort study using the database of 20,147 gastric cancer patients who underwent gastrectomy at a single gastric cancer center in Korea. Forty-one solid organ recipients [kidney (n = 35), liver (n = 5), or heart (n = 1)] were matched with 205 controls using propensity score matching. Results: Operation time, blood loss, and postoperative pain were similar between groups. Short-term complication rates were similar between transplantation and control groups (22.0% vs. 20.1%, P = 0.777). Transplantation group patients with stage 1 gastric cancer experienced no recurrence, while those with stage 2/3 cancer had significantly higher recurrence risk compared to the controls (P = 0.049). For patients with stage 1 cancer, the transplantation group had a significantly higher rate of non-gastric cancer-related deaths compared to the controls (19.2% vs. 1.4%, P = 0.001). For those with stage 2/3 cancer, significantly lower proportion of the transplantation group received adjuvant chemotherapy compared to the control group (26.7% vs. 80.3%, P < 0.001). The transplantation group had a higher (albeit not statistically significant) rate of gastric cancer-related deaths compared to the controls (40.0% vs. 18.0%, P = 0.087). Conclusion: Transplant recipients and non-transplant recipients exhibited similar perioperative and short-term outcomes after gastric cancer surgery. From long-term outcome analyses, we suggest active surveillance for non-gastric cancer-related deaths in patients with early gastric cancer, as well as strict oncologic care in patients with advanced cancer, as effective strategies for transplant recipients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3105-3112
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government ( MSIT ) (No. 2016R1A2B4014984 and No. 2019R1H1A2079953 ), and the fund was used for data acquisition and statistical analysis.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Elsevier Ltd, BASO ~ The Association for Cancer Surgery, and the European Society of Surgical Oncology

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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