Total neoadjuvant chemotherapy: a silver lining during the COVID pandemic for a patient with locally advanced diffuse distal gastric adenocarcinoma

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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2021 Nov 30. doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2021.0235. Online ahead of print.


Perioperative oncological therapies resulting in pathological complete response (pCR) in diffuse-type distal gastric adenocarcinoma are extremely rare. We report a case of locally advanced (cT3 N2 M0) diffuse-type distal gastric adenocarcinoma treated with ‘total neoadjuvant’ FLOT (eight cycles), due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and laparoscopic radical subtotal gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy. The patient demonstrated a progressive radiological response on positron emission tomography with 2-deoxy-2-[fluorine-18]fluoro-d-glucose integrated with computed tomography (18F-FDG PET-CT) and pCR in the resected specimen (ypT0 N0). As far as we are aware, this is the first case of pCR in locally advanced T3 N2 diffuse distal gastric cancer to be reported in the literature. It introduces a novel approach of total neoadjuvant chemotherapy with 18F-FDG PET-CT to assess response, combined with radical minimally invasive surgical management to provide optimal care for patients with gastric cancer.

PMID:34846214 | DOI:10.1308/rcsann.2021.0235