Less-Invasive Treatment for Esophageal Cancer
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure which removes early-stage esophageal cancer is as effective as surgery which removes and rebuilds the esophagus, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida.
Using data from the National Cancer Institute, researchers examined long-term survival rates of 1,619 patients who underwent the endoscopic treatment or an esophagectomy between 1998 and 2009. They found survival rates between the two treatments were similar.
"Endoscopy therapy for early stage esophageal cancer is becoming an acceptable method for all patients with very early esophageal cancer," lead study author Michael B. Wallace, M.D, was quoted as saying. "Patients now have the option to preserve their esophagus when only early stage cancer is present."
For more information, go to: http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2013-jax/7763.html
SOURCE: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hematology, November 2013
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