What Provider Volumes and Characteristics are Appropriate for Gastric Cancer Resection? Results of an International RAND/UCLA Expert Panel

This is a guideline for patients with gastric adenocarcinoma who are undergoing gastrectomy. The guideline reviews the relationship between surgical volumes including surgeon and hospital volumes, and surgical outcome. Hospital characteristics such as whether the hospital contains a level I intensive care unit are also examined. Outcomes of interest include procedure-related morbidity, procedure-related mortality, and survival related to hospital volume, hospital specialization, surgeon volume, or surgeon training.