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International Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume 2012, Article ID 405652, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/405652
Review Article

Surgical Treatment of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis from Gastric Cancer

Division of Surgical Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA

Received 6 February 2012; Accepted 11 May 2012

Academic Editor: Lapo Bencini

Copyright © 2012 Kiran K. Turaga et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Peritoneal carcinomatosis from gastric cancer is considered a fatal disease with limited treatment options. Recent advances in the understanding of the disease process, systemic chemotherapy, and application of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic chemoperfusion have shown promising results in the management of this difficult disease. Novel therapies such as extensive intraperitoneal lavage and intraperitoneal targeted agents are being applied in the management of this disease. We review the current literature in this field and describe the rationale behind some of these advances.