Diagnosis and management of gastric cancer in pregnancy—An evidence-based case report

Vania Myralda Giamour Marbun, Agi Satria Putranto

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Background: Gastric cancer in pregnancy is a very rare case with an incidence of 0.016% and is mostly detected in a locally advanced or advanced stage due to misinterpretation of non-specific signs and symptoms. Management of gastric cancer in pregnancy should emphasize mother and fetal survival. Currently, there is no diagnostic and management guidance for gastric cancer in pregnancy. The purpose of this study is to ascertain how to diagnose and manage gastric cancer in pregnancy. Methods: This study is an evidence-based case report performed in Digestive Division of Department of Surgery in Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital in September–October 2017. Literature search on databases such as Cochrane, PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Scholar Google used keywords like “gastric cancer” AND “pregnant” OR “pregnancy” with inclusion criteria which are systematic review, randomized-clinical trial (RCT), cohort study, case report, or case series, performed in human and published in the last 10 years in English language. Critical appraisal is done according to Oxford Centre For Evidence-Based Medicine 2011. This work is reported in line with the SCARE criteria. Results: There are 9 case-report studies and 1 case-control study. Radiology examination includes endoscopy, MRI, and CT scan. Management is given according to cancer stage which is; surgery, surgery with adjuvant therapy, and palliative chemotherapy. Conclusion: Radiology examinations with a lower risk of adverse effects are endoscopy and MRI. CT scan may be performed when the benefits exceed the risk. Surgery and chemoradiation have the lowest rate of adverse effects when done in the second and third trimester.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-344
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Chemotherapy
  • Gastric cancer
  • Pregnancy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery


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