This dissertation aimed to improve aspects of surgical care for gastric cancer. Firstly, vulnerability and nutritional status proved to be important predictors of surgical complications and death after surgery. Secondly, a CT revealed significant loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) in roughly two-thirds of gastric cancer patients. Keyhole surgery did not appear to be more expensive than conventional open surgery. Finally, gastric cancer patients appeared to have more symptoms in the years after surgery (pain, fatigue, nausea), but did not consider their overall quality of life to be lower than that of healthy people.
|Award date||18 Jan 2019|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Gastric cancer
- surgical care
- loss of muscle mass