Bursectomy for gastric cancer: What does the evidence indicate?

S G Barreto, A Perwaiz, A Singh, T Singh, A Chaudhary

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Radical resection of the bursa omentalis (radical bursectomy) as part of a curative resection for gastric cancer has been advised for close to a century. However, the postulated associated morbidity and lack of a clear benefit in terms of survival preclude its routine use. To objectively review the available evidence on the role of bursectomy as part of a curative resection for gastric cancer. A systematic search of the scientific literature was carried out using Embase, PubMed, MedLine and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials for the years 1965-2013 to obtain access to all publications, especially randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and meta-analyses involving bursectomy in gastric cancer with the appropriate specific search terms, namely, 'bursectomy,' 'stomach cancer,' 'gastric cancer,' 'survival,' 'morbidity,' 'outcomes' and 'RCTs'. Using the above search strategy, a total of 29 publications was retrieved of which five publications were identified describing bursectomy and its outcomes in gastric cancer. These included three retrospective cohort studies and two publications from a single RCT. Bursectomy do not appear to add the morbidity or mortality of the overall surgery. However, it did not appear to significantly improve overall survival neither in the retrospective cohort studies nor in the only RCT. The evidence to date is insufficient to suggest any additional benefit of routine bursectomy to a radical gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy for gastric cancer. Results of an on-going RCT are awaited to determine if bursectomy may further improve overall survival in patients with advanced T-stage of disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • gastric cancer
  • surgery
  • Morbidity
  • Survival
  • bursectomy
  • radical
  • D2 lymphadenectomy
  • mortality
  • morbidity


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