Metastatic gastric cancer (MGC) patients: Can we improve survival by metastasectomy? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Rahul Gadde, Leonardo Tamariz, Mena Hanna, Eli Avisar, Alan Livingstone, Dido Franceschi, Danny Yakoub

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Background Prognosis with current management strategies continues to be dismal in metastatic gastric cancer (MGC) patients. We aimed to evaluate the role of metastasectomy in improving survival. Methods A comprehensive search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, SCOPUS, and Cochrane central databases (1965 to present) was performed. All comparative studies measuring survival in MGC patients undergoing metastasectomy versus other therapies were included. Pooled risk ratios with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated for survival at 1, 3, and 5 years. Results Sixteen studies with 1712 patients (378 patients in metastasectomy, 1334 patients in other therapies) were eligible for the final meta-analysis. Median age was 63 years. For patients undergoing metastasectomy, a significant survival advantage was observed at 1 year (RR 0.52, CI 0.43-0.62), 3 year (RR 0.75 CI 0.67-0.83), and 5 year (RR 0.82, CI 0.74-0.91); mean increased difference in survival conferred by metastasectomy averaged between 9.3 and 15.7 months; P < 0.001 for all results. Age, ECOG status, and STROBE score did not contribute to differences in survival. Conclusion Metastasectomy is associated with increased survival at 1, 3, and 5 years in MGC patients. Large prospective randomized controlled trials are critically needed to evaluate the role of metastasectomy in MGC. J. Surg. Oncol. 2015 111:38-45.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • liver metastasis
  • metastasectomy
  • metastatic gastric cancer
  • neoplasm metastasis
  • stomach neoplasm
  • survival rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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