Management of Advanced-Stage Operable Esophageal Cancer

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, 3108 Queeny Tower, One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza, St Louis, MO 63110-1013, USA.
Surgical Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 1.88). 10/2012; 92(5):1179-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.suc.2012.07.012
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The incidence of esophageal cancer is increasing in the developed world, with a relative increase in adenocarcinoma compared with squamous cell carcinoma. The distensible nature of the esophagus results in delayed development of symptoms associated with esophageal cancer; hence many patients have locally advanced or metastatic cancer at the time of initial presentation. Although resection remains the treatment of choice for early-stage esophageal cancer, the best treatment strategy for locally advanced esophageal cancer is debatable and, consequently, varies at different centers. This article discusses the published literature on various available therapeutic options for the treatment of locally advanced esophageal cancer.

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