Accepted for Publication: February 28, 2012.
Author Contributions: All authors approved the final manuscript. Study concept and design: Hanna, Goldin, and Sasako. Acquisition of data: Hanna, Boshier, Knaggs, Goldin, and Sasako. Analysis and interpretation of data: Hanna, Boshier, and Sasako. Drafting of the manuscript: Hanna. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Hanna, Boshier, Knaggs, Goldin, and Sasako. Statistical analysis: Hanna and Boshier. Administrative, technical, and material support: Hanna and Goldin. Study supervision: Hanna, Knaggs, Goldin, and Sasako.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Previous Presentation: This paper was presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland; September 15, 2011; Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Additional Contributions: Hitoshi Katai, MD, and Yuji Tachimori, MD (Department of Surgical Oncology, NCC Hospital), provided gastric cancer data and lymph node counts, respectively. Henrik Møller, FFPH (Thames Cancer Registry), verified survival times and provided advice on analysis. Paul Ziprin, FRCS (Department of Surgery and Cancer, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College London), provided internal auditing. Melody Ni, PhD, performed statistical analysis. Iakovos Amygdalos, MBBS (Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London), reviewed the pathology reports. Alfred Cuschieri, FRCS (Institute for Medical Science and Technology, University of Dundee), and Jane Blazeby, FRCS (Academic Unit of Surgical Research, Bristol University), provided feedback on the manuscript. Mark Harrison, FRCP (Department of Oncology, Mount Vernon Hospital), and Danielle Power, MBBS (Department of Oncology, St Mary's Hospital), made oncological contributions. We thank members of the Northwest London Multidisciplinary Team and the physicians and staff of the intensive care unit for patients' care.