Modern imaging techniques for preoperative detection of distant metastases in gastric cancer

Robert M Kwee, Thomas C Kwee
World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG 2015 October 7, 21 (37): 10502-9
A substantial portion of patients with newly diagnosed gastric cancer has distant metastases (M1 disease). These patients have a very poor prognosis and it is generally accepted that they should be treated with noncurative intent. Because it dramatically changes prognosis and treatment plans, it is very important to diagnose distant metastases. In this article, the definition, pathways, incidence and sites of distant metastases in gastric cancer are described. Subsequently, the current performance of imaging in detecting distant metastases in newly diagnosed gastric cancer is outlined and future prospects are discussed.

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