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Minerva Chirurgica 1999 October;54(10):647-56

language: Italian

Palliative treatment of esophageal and cardial cancer

Norberto L., Ranzato R., Erroi F., Marino S., Bardini R., Angriman I., Corti L., Donadi M., D'Erminio A., Vella V., Tropea A., D'Amico D. F.


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Recent series reported increasing incidence of esophageal and cardial cancers with prognosis still severe in spite of surgical progress. The late diagnosis reduces the chance of radical surgery; on the other hand about 80-90% of patients develop local or distant recurrence. Therefore the treatment of esophageal and cardial cancer is often palliative: surgical resection is reserved only to selected cases. Endosco-pic palliation was the treatment of choice in a total of 265 patients 174 of which receveid lasertherapy and 91 prosthesis intubation. The results it good in about 80% of cases.

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