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Articles on Chemotherapy & Chemoradiotherapy in Gastric Cancer

This section of the Advances in Gastrointestinal Cancer Resource Centre focuses on the latest clinically relevant findings in chemotherapy and chemoradiotherapy for gastrointestinal cancers. The peer-reviewed articles available here have been independently selected, and several commented upon, by members of the Editorial Board. Many of the articles are freely available for downloading.

Focusing initially on gastric cancer, these pages will provide new content each month to help you stay abreast of recent scientific developments in this area. 

The use of chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy (or both) is currently recommended for the treatment of gastric cancer in guidelines from both the USA (NCCN) and Europe (ESMO-ESSO-ESTRO).1 Depending on tumour stage and resectability, patients may be given chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy preoperatively, postoperatively, or as an adjuvant therapy. Recommended second-line chemotherapy options include irinotecan and docetaxel or paclitaxel. Palliative therapy for inoperable or metastatic gastric cancer may include fluoropyrimidine- or taxane-based chemoradiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Other chemotherapeutic options depend on the patient's HER-2 status. Combination regimens based on a platinum–fluoropyrimidine doublet are generally used for HER-2 negative disease, possibly also with an anthracycline (e.g. epirubicin). Trastuzumab plus cisplatin and either 5-fluorouracil or capecitabine are recommended for HER-2 positive disease.

Treatment options are continually expanding, through use of new combinations of existing or novel therapies, new drugs or treatment approaches, and different ways of administering therapy.

To stay abreast of the most recent developments and clinical trial findings in the use of chemotherapy and chemoradiotherapy for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, please subscribe to our eAlert to ensure you are informed of all new content as it is published on this platform.


ESMO-ESSO-ESTRO: European Society for Medical Oncology, European Society of Surgical Oncology, and European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology; HER-2, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2; NCCN: (US) National Comprehensive Cancer Network.


1. Cabebe EC. Gastric cancer treatment & management. Approach considerations. In Medscape: Drugs & Diseases. Available from: Last updated 11 Nov 2015; accessed 7 Apr 2016.


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