Stages I-III Esophageal Cancer

Proton Beam Therapy May Improve Outcomes for Esophageal Cancer (01-23-2017)

Currently a standard treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers (GI) combines the use of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgical resection. Radiation may be part of the treatment strategy for select cancers of the esophagus, anus, rectum,... Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Effective in Early Esophageal Cancer (12-4-2013)

A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal is as effective as surgery that removes the entire esophagus, according to the results of a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Surgery Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (02-21-2013)

Surgery after chemoradiotherapy—which is the standard of care in advanced esophageal cancer—increased overall and disease-free survival compared with chemoradiotherapy alone, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal... Continue Reading

Surgeon Volume Influences Outcomes in Esophageal Cancer (02-6-2013)

Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer have a much higher chance of long-term survival if the surgeon has performed the operation many times before, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Preoperative Chemoradiotherapy Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (09-10-2012)

Preoperative chemoradiotherapy doubled median overall survival among patients with esophageal or esophagogastric junction cancer compared to surgery alone, according to the results of a phase 3 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The... Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive Surgery a Viable Option for Esophageal Cancer (06-26-2012)

Minimally invasive surgery may provide short-term benefits in resectable esophageal cancer, reducing the risk of pulmonary infection and improving quality of life, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet. The esophagus is a muscular... Continue Reading

ERCC1 Levels Strongly Associated with Survival in Esophageal Cancer (06-13-2011)

Levels of expression of a specific gene (ERCC1 gene) are strongly associated with survival outcomes among patients with operable esophageal cancer undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy.  Results such as these may help guide personalized treatment options... Continue Reading

Chemoradiotherapy plus Surgery Improves Esophageal Cancer Survival (07-19-2010)

Among patients with cancer of the esophagus or esophagogastric junction, treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy prior to surgery resulted in better overall survival than surgery alone. The results of this Phase III clinical trial were presented... Continue Reading

Less Extensive Treatment Doesn’t Worsen Survival with Early Esophageal Cancer (09-4-2009)

Among patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma that involves only the innermost lining (mucosa) of the esophagus, treatment to remove just the cancer appears to result in similar overall survival as treatment that removes the entire esophagus. These results... Continue Reading

Elderly Patients with Esophageal Cancer Can Tolerate Chemoradiotherapy (03-8-2009)

Elderly Patients with Esophageal Cancer Can Tolerate Chemoradiotherapy Chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is an effective treatment and does not present major toxicity for elderly patients with esophageal cancer, according to the results of a study released in an... Continue Reading