Clinical characteristics and management of gastric tube cancer after esophagectomy

Yasuhiro Shirakawa, Kazuhiro Noma, Naoaki Maeda, Takayuki Ninomiya, Shunsuke Tanabe, Satoru Kikuchi, Shinji Kuroda, Masahiko Nishizaki, Shunsuke Kagawa, Yoshiro Kawahara, Hiroyuki Okada, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara

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Background: Gastric cancer is the second most common malignancy, overlapping with thoracic esophageal cancer (TEC). Among them, metachronous gastric tube cancers after TEC surgery have been increasing. The aims of this study were to examine the clinicopathological factors and treatment outcomes of gastric tube cancer (GTC) after TEC surgery. Methods: Thirty-three GTCs in 30 cases after TEC treated between 1997 and 2016 were investigated retrospectively. Results: Most cases were males. The median interval from TEC surgery to GTC occurrence was 57 (6.5–107.5) months. Almost 2/3 lesions occurred in the lower third of the gastric tube (21/33); 29 lesions (in 26 cases) were superficial cancers, and 4 lesions were advanced cancers. Twenty-two lesions of superficial cancer were differentiated type, and the remaining seven lesions were undifferentiated type. Treatment for superficial cancer had previously been performed with partial gastric tube resection (10 lesions), and the number of cases undergoing endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) had increased recently (19 lesions). Most cases with superficial cancer survived without relapse. Four lesions of advanced cancer were found after a relatively long interval following TEC surgery. Most lesions of advanced cancer were scirrhous, undifferentiated type, and they died due to GTC. Conclusion: GTCs may occur late in the postoperative course following TEC surgery. If they are discovered at an early stage, these lesions can be cured with ESD. Long-term periodic endoscopic examinations after TEC surgery are important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-189
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • Esophagectomy
  • Gastric tube cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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