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1.  Prospective randomized controlled trial (phase III) to comparing laparoscopic distal gastrectomy with open distal gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma (KLASS 01) 
A randomized controlled trial to evaluate the long-term outcomes of laparoscopic distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer is currently ongoing in Korea. Patients with cT1N0M0-cT2aN0M0 (American Joint Committee on Cancer, 6th edition) distal gastric cancer were randomized to receive either laparoscopic or open distal gastrectomy. For surgical quality control, the surgeons participating in this trial had to have performed at least 50 cases each of laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy and open distal gastrectomy and their institutions should have performed more than 80 cases each of both procedures each year. Fifteen surgeons from 12 institutions recruited 1,415 patients. The primary endpoint is overall survival. The secondary endpoints are disease-free survival, morbidity, mortality, quality of life, inflammatory and immune responses, and cost-effectiveness ( ID: NCT00452751).
PMCID: PMC3566471  PMID: 23396494
Gastric cancer; Laparoscopy distal gastrectomy; Open distal gastrectomy; Randomized controlled trial
2.  Robot-assisted distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer in a situs inversus totalis patient 
A 47-year-old man was referred to Seoul National University Bundang Hospital with an ulcerative lesion in the midbody of the stomach. Computed tomography revealed that he was a situs inversus totalis (SIT) patient. Robot-assisted distal gastrectomy with D1+β lymph node dissection and Billroth II anastomosis were performed. With the aid of robotic surgery, the surgeon didn't need to change his position and could perform the surgery without any confusion resulting from the patient's reversed anatomy. The operation took 300 minutes, with no intraoperative complications. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the patient was discharged on postoperative day 8. The final pathologic report was pT3N3a by American Joint Committee on Cancer 7th tumor-node-metastasis staging. We successfully performed robot-assisted distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer in a SIT patient. We believe that this is the first case of robotic surgery reported in a SIT patient with gastric cancer.
PMCID: PMC3341483  PMID: 22563541
Situs inversus totalis; Robot surgery; Gastric cancer
3.  Local tissue reaction after injection of contrast media on gastric wall of mouse: experimental study for application of contrast media to computed tomography lymphography 
Computed tomography (CT) lymphography is a simple technique of sentinel node navigation but tissue reaction after injection of contrast media has not been reported yet.
Ninety mice used in this study were divided into three groups: lipiodol, iopamidol, and normal saline. The test compounds were given by submucosal injection to the gastric wall of anesthetized mice. The specimens were subjected to histopathological examination.
The mean grades of acute inflammatory response after iopamidol and lipiodol injection were significantly higher than control group. However, there was no significant difference between iopamidol and lipiodol injection. The mean grade of chronic inflammatory response and fibrosis showed no differences between groups. The presence or absence of fibrinoid necrosis and mesothelial hyperplasia showed no statistical differences at each time point between groups. The foam cell, which is similar to human signet ring cell carcinoma, were not identified in normal saline and iopamidol group, but were detected by postoperative day 7 in lipiodol group.
We conclude that iopamidol and lipiodol when used as a contrast media of CT lymphography is an available material for preoperative sentinel node navigation surgery for gastric cancer with an acceptable incidence of pathological alterations in a mouse model. Our results are potentially useful to clinical (human) application.
PMCID: PMC3278638  PMID: 22347708
Lymphography; Sentinel node; Tissue reaction; Contrast media
4.  A case of anaphylactic shock attributed to latex allergy during gastric cancer surgery 
Journal of the Korean Surgical Society  2011;81(Suppl 1):S30-S33.
Latex allergy is a known cause of allergic contact dermatitis. It produces mild symptoms, including skin rash and itching, which usually subside in a few days. However, latex allergy can also induce anaphylaxis, a severe type I hypersensitivity reaction that can cause urticaria, angioedema, hypotension, tachycardia, and bronchospasm. We report a case of anaphylactic shock during gastric cancer surgery in a patient with no previous allergic history. Surgery was suspended when hypotension, tachycardia, and wheezing developed. A thorough workup revealed that the patient had a latex allergy. The patient subsequently underwent curative gastrectomy performed with latex-free procedures.
PMCID: PMC3267061  PMID: 22319734
Surgery; Latex hypersensitivity; Anaphylaxis
5.  The current status and future perspectives of laparoscopic surgery for gastric cancer 
Gastric cancer is most common cancer in Korea. Surgery is still the main axis of treatment. Due to early detection of gastric cancer, the innovation of surgical instruments and technological advances, gastric cancer treatment is now shifting to a new era. One of the most astonishing changes is that minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is becoming more dominant treatment for early gastric cancer. These MIS are represented by endoscopic resection, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, single-port surgery and natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery. Among them, laparoscopic gastrectomy is most actively performed in the field of surgery. Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy (LADG) for early gastric cancer (EGC) has already gained popularity in terms of the short-term outcomes including patient's quality of life. We only have to wait for the long-term oncologic results of Korean Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery Study Group. Upcoming top issues following oncologic safety of LADG are function-preserving surgery for EGC, application of laparoscopy to advanced gastric cancer and sentinel lymph node navigation surgery. In the aspect of technique, laparoscopic surgery at present could reproduce almost the whole open procedures. However, the other fields mentioned above need more evidences and experiences. All these new ideas and attempts provide technical advances, which will minimize surgical insults and maximize the surgical outcomes and the quality of life of patients.
PMCID: PMC3204545  PMID: 22066116
Gastric cancer; Future perspective; Laparoscopy; Sentinel lymph node navigation surgery; Minimally invasive surgery
6.  Is the critical pathway effective for the treatment of gastric cancer? 
The present study was conducted to investigate the low compliance rate of the critical pathway (CP) and whether CP is effective for treatment of gastric cancer in radical gastrectomy.
The medical records of 631 patients who had undergone radical gastrectomy with D2 lymph node dissection were reviewed. This study compared data from patients in early gastric cancer (EGC) and advanced gastric cancer (AGC) groups, which were further subdivided into general care (non-CP) and CP groups.
The mean length of preoperative hospital stays were significantly different between the EGC and AGC patients (P < 0.05). However, there was no difference in the mean length of postoperative hospital stays between non-CP and CP groups among either EGC patients or AGC patients (P > 0.05). The postoperative and total cost of hospitalization was not statistically different between either of the groups (P > 0.05); however, the mean preoperative costs were significantly different (P < 0.05).
We conclude that use of the CP following gastrectomy is unnecessary. To decrease the length of hospital stay and associated costs, preoperative examination and consultation should be performed before admission.
PMCID: PMC3204573  PMID: 22066107
Critical pathways; Fast-track; Stomach neoplasms; Gastrectomy
7.  Laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer after liver transplantation 
Journal of the Korean Surgical Society  2011;80(Suppl 1):S1-S5.
A case report described a 72-year-old man with a history of a deceased-donor liver transplantation (due to hepatitis B-associated end-stage liver cirrhosis) performed in 1994. The patient was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and pulmonary metastasis in 1997 and was successfully treated with radiofrequency ablation and thoracoscopic superior segmentectomy. There was no evidence of newly diagnosed metastatic lesions or recurrence until the 19th post-operative month. Gastric cancer was identified by endoscopy during a routine follow-up examination; the pre-pyloric antral lesion measured 1.5 cm in size and was histologically well-differentiated and confined to the submucosal layers on endoscopic ultrasound. Laparoscopic gastrectomy and lymph node dissection (D1 + β) was successfully performed in March 2009, and the patient was discharged on the 5th post-operative day without complications. This suggests that laparoscopic surgery is one of the feasible methods for resection of gastric cancer in liver transplant patients.
PMCID: PMC3205362  PMID: 22066074
Laparoscopic gastrectomy; Liver transplantation; Gastric cancer

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