ABSTRACT: We report 2 cases of small cell carcinoma of the esophagus treated with esophagectomy as a primary treatment and following chemotherapy. One patient (pT1N1M0) achieved long-term survival, while the other patient (pT1N1M1-lym) died 18 months after surgery. We used reports on 47 Japanese patients receiving esophagectomy as a primary treatment to determine when esophagectomy for small cell carcinoma of the esophagus is indicated. We conclude that esophagectomy as a local treatment provides relatively good long-term survival only in patients without lymph node involvement.
European Surgical Research 01/2010; 45(1):41-4. · 0.93 Impact Factor