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Patients with non-metastatic gastric cancer had similar survival and other outcomes following robotic or conventional laparoscopic gastrectomy, according to a large retrospective series from Korea. Both surgical techniques led to a five-year survival of 94 percent and disease-free survival (DFS) of 92 percent. Survival also did not differ significantly by disease stage, according to Woo Jin Hyung, MD, PhD, of Yonsei University in Seoul.However, the 800-patient series did not address functional outcomes, quality of life, or cost, and primarily included patients with earlier-stage disease, he reported here at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.To continue reading, click here.

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