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Standard follow-up after curative surgery for advanced gastric cancer: secondary analysis of a multicentre randomized clinical trial (KLASS-02)

Park, SH | Hyung, WJ | Yang, HK | Park, YK | Lee, HJ | An, JY | Kim, W | Kim, HI | Kim, HH | Ryu, SW | Hur, H  | Kim, MC | Kong, SH | Cho, GS | Kim, JJ | Park, DJ | Kim, YW | Kim, JW | Lee, JH | Han, SU  | Ryu, KW
The British journal of surgery, 110(4). : 449-455, 2023
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The British journal of surgery
BACKGROUND: The benefit of regular follow-up after curative resection for gastric cancer is controversial as there is no evidence that it will improve survival. This study assessed whether regular follow-up leads to improved survival in patients after surgery for gastric cancer. METHODS: A secondary analysis was undertaken of patients who participated in an RCT of laparoscopic versus open distal gastrectomy for advanced gastric cancer between November 2011 and April 2015. Depending on whether patients were compliant with the initial trial follow-up protocol or not, they were analysed as having had either regular or irregular follow-up. Clinicopathological characteristics, recurrence patterns, detection, treatments, and survival were compared between the groups. RESULTS: The regular and irregular follow-up groups comprised 712 and 263 patients respectively. Disease recurrence within 36 months was more common in the regular group than in the irregular group (17.0 versus 11.4 per cent; P = 0.041). Recurrence patterns did not differ between the groups. The 3-year recurrence-free survival rate was worse in the regular than in the irregular group (81.2 versus 86.5 per cent; P = 0.031). However, the 5-year overall survival rate was comparable (84.5 versus 87.5 per cent respectively; P = 0.160). Multivariable analysis revealed that type of follow-up was not an independent factor affecting 5-year overall survival. CONCLUSION: Regular follow-up after radical gastrectomy was not associated with improved overall survival.

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