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Vol 69, No 2 (2019)
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Surgical treatment of metastatic gallbladder cancer. Systematic review with own experience

Oleksandr Legkiy, Dagmara Kozłowska, Jacek Mazur, Andrzej L. Komorowski
DOI: 10.5603/2019.0008
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2019;69(2):43-46.

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Vol 69, No 2 (2019)
Original articles

Abstract

Introduction. Patients with metastatic gallbladder cancer (GBC) are generally considered incurable and compelled to palliative chemotherapy. Nevertheless, there are numerous reports of successful surgical management of metastatic GBC. The impact of such treatment is yet unclear. Material and methods. We conducted a systematic literature review within Medline and Scopus databases using the following pattern: “gallbladder” and “cancer” and “dissemination”. Also, our own experience with two resected metastatic GBC patients was added to the results. Discussion. The literature search yielded 8 publications with a total of hundred and twelve patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria. Two additional patients were included in the analysis: one with resected GBC liver metastasis and the second with resected GBC diaphragmatic metastasis. A total of hundred and fourteen patients who underwent resection of a solid organ GBC metastasis were analyzed. The study confirmed a rare long-term survival after resection of an isolated GBC metastasis. Conclusions. There is no clear indication for surgical management of gallbladder cancer metastasis. In selected cases, an aggressive surgical approach may be justified.

Abstract

Introduction. Patients with metastatic gallbladder cancer (GBC) are generally considered incurable and compelled to palliative chemotherapy. Nevertheless, there are numerous reports of successful surgical management of metastatic GBC. The impact of such treatment is yet unclear. Material and methods. We conducted a systematic literature review within Medline and Scopus databases using the following pattern: “gallbladder” and “cancer” and “dissemination”. Also, our own experience with two resected metastatic GBC patients was added to the results. Discussion. The literature search yielded 8 publications with a total of hundred and twelve patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria. Two additional patients were included in the analysis: one with resected GBC liver metastasis and the second with resected GBC diaphragmatic metastasis. A total of hundred and fourteen patients who underwent resection of a solid organ GBC metastasis were analyzed. The study confirmed a rare long-term survival after resection of an isolated GBC metastasis. Conclusions. There is no clear indication for surgical management of gallbladder cancer metastasis. In selected cases, an aggressive surgical approach may be justified.

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Keywords

gallbladder cancer, metastatic disease, surgery

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Title

Surgical treatment of metastatic gallbladder cancer. Systematic review with own experience

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 69, No 2 (2019)

Pages

43-46

DOI

10.5603/2019.0008

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2019;69(2):43-46.

Keywords

gallbladder cancer
metastatic disease
surgery

Authors

Oleksandr Legkiy
Dagmara Kozłowska
Jacek Mazur
Andrzej L. Komorowski

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