[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The use of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) has widely spread in recent years, even in Japan. In our hospital, we have performed this procedure in over 20 patients per year recently. In this study, we investigated the usefulness of PEG in home health care from the view point of cost effectiveness. We found that medical expenses decreased remarkably when patients underwent PEG because they could switch from hospital care to home health care, shortening there by the period of hospital care. The role of PEG in home health care will be more important also from cost effectiveness.
No preview · Article · Jan 2004 · Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The patient was a 68-year-old woman. She was referred to our hospital because of advanced gastric cancer. Endoscopic examination showed that the tumor was located in the Subcardia, with its oral margin invading the esophagus. Histologic examination of biopsy specimen led to a diagnosis of moderately to poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. Apparent lymph node swellings (No. 7, No. 11) on enhanced CT examination indicated the metastasis of the gastric cancer. Consulting with her family, we decided to treat the cancer with chemotherapy using the peroral carcinostatic "UFT", and started it on November 18, 1997. Follow-up endoscopic examination confirmed that the tumor was reduced in size immediately after starting chemotherapy, and then finally disappeared on December 10, 1999. Since then, there has been no recurrence of the tumor. This is a rare case of gastric cancer showing complete response to chemotherapy using a peroral carcinosatatic alone.
No preview · Article · Dec 2002 · Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy