Archive June 23, 2017

Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC) Syndrome

Mr Hayden has recently operated on a number of cases of HDGC syndrome where an inherited genetic mutation in CHD-1 (E-cadherin) predisposes to the development of stomach cancer. Affected individuals are recommended to under removal of the whole stomach (total gastrectomy) in order to improve long-term survival and prevent the development of advanced disease. When stomach cancer is caught at an early stage it can be cured.