Background and Aims: The number of elderly patients with early gastric cancer (EGC) who meet the indications for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is increasing. We aimed to evaluate the clinical outcomes and prognostic factors of overall survival (OS) in elderly patients undergoing ESD for EGC. Methods: Between January 2006 and December 2018, 439 patients aged ≥75 years who underwent ESD for EGC were analyzed. The clinical outcomes and prognosis were evaluated, and independent risk factors for OS were identified. Results: The mean patient (302 men, 137 women) age was 78.3 (range 75–92) years. En bloc, R0, and curative resections were achieved in 96.8%, 90.7%, and 75.6%, respectively, without severe adverse events. During the follow-up (median 54.2 (range 4.0–159.6) months), 86 patients died (three of gastric cancer). The 3-, 5-, and 10-year OS was 91.2%, 83.5%, and 54.5%, respectively, and the 3-, 5-, and 10-year cancer related survival rate were 99.7%, 99.1% and 97.5%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, smoking, history of cancer of other organs, NLR > 1.6, Charlson comorbidity index ≥ 3, and presence of lymphovascular invasion (hazard ratio = 3.96, 1.78, 1.83, 1.83, and 2.63, respectively, all p < 0.05) were independent five risk factors for poor OS. The high-risk group (≥3 risk factors) showed a significantly lower OS than the low-risk group (<2 risk factors) (p < 0.001). Conclusions: The five factors could be useful in predicting the long-term prognosis of elderly ESD patients or deciding the therapeutic approaches in case of non-curative resection.
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Acknowledgments: This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2020R1C1C1013775).
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- Cancer Research