Quality indicators for gastric cancer surgery: a survey of practicing pathologists in Ontario.
BACKGROUND: Adequate lymph node (LN) assessment and R0 resection are critical to the staging and management of gastric cancer. The American Joint Committee on Cancer/International Union Against Cancer recommend at least 15 LN be assessed, and the literature suggests a gross disease-free margin of 5-6 cm be achieved. Results of an Ontario general surgeons' survey indicated these standards were not widely known. Because disease management is highly collaborative, we surveyed pathologists to as...Expand abstract
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