Esophageal cancer: a European perspective.

A. Peracchia, L. Bonavina, A. Ruol, H. Stein

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A survey was conducted among a group of European surgeons in order to investigate current attitudes and strategies in the management of squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus. The survey consisted of a questionnaire mailed to surgeons in eight different countries with extensive clinical experience and scientific interest in the field. Eight questionnaires including the data of 6146 operated patients were available for analysis. A consensus emerged among the panelists that protocols of induction therapy should be routinely used in patients with locally advanced disease, especially in supracarinal tumors. Four of the surgeons advocated bilateral neck dissection in these patients. A progressive improvement in survival over the past three decades was noted. After 1990, the postoperative mortality rate was 6.2% after surgery alone and 9.7% after chemoradiation therapy followed by surgery. The 5-year survival rate after a complete resection was 38.5%. In the opinion of the panelists, esophagectomy remains the "gold standard" of therapy and should be regarded as an integral component of the treatment plan for patients with squamous cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-122
Number of pages4
JournalRecent results in cancer research. Fortschritte der Krebsforschung. Progres dans les recherches sur le cancer
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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