1. Department of General Practice, Zhongshan Street Community Health Center of Songjiang District, Shanghai, 201600, China
2. Department of General Surgery, Tongren Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200001, China
3. Department of Gastroenterology, Ruijin Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, 200001, China
# Contributed equally
Background: Surgical resection is one of curative treatment for gastric cancer (GC), however, a set of patients show poor surgical compliance in the USA. We aimed to identify the risk factors associated with surgical compliance and investigate the difference in survival.
Methods: GC patients diagnosed between 1973 and 2014 were identified from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) databases. Based on different surgical compliance and treatment regimen, patients were classified into three subgroups: surgical compliance group, surgical noncompliance group, and non-surgical group. Multivariable Logistic regression analysis was adopted to identify the factors related to surgical compliance; Multivariable Cox regression was used to investigate the prognostic factors. Overall survival (OS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) were analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier estimator method.
Results: Of 79374 GC patients who were recommended for surgical therapy, 15201(19.2%) cases did not perform surgery. Poor compliance of surgery was related to old age, American Indian/Alaska Native race, poor grading/late staging, single/widowed status, lower socioeconomic status and earlier time of diagnosis. As expected, GC patients of surgical compliance group showed significantly more favorable survival than the other two groups (P<0.0001); notably, the outcome of surgical noncompliance group came close to that of non-surgical group.
Conclusion: GC patients of poor surgical compliance demonstrated adverse survival, which was comparable to that of non-surgical patients. The poor surgical compliance was associated with older age, American Indian/Alaska Native race, poor tissue differentiation/advanced stage of tumor, single/widowed status, lower socioeconomic status and earlier time of diagnosis.
Keywords: Gastric cancer, Surgical Compliance, SEER, Survival, Outcome