Chemoradiotheraphy of Esophageal Cancer
Author: Albertsson, Maria
Source: Acta Oncologica, Volume 41, Number 2, 1 April 2002 , pp. 118-123(6)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Esophageal cancer is a disease with a poor prognosis and high biological aggressiveness. The disease used to be considered a mainly local problem, and palliative care with relief of dysphagia was the goal for most of those concerned with the disease. When surgical techniques were improved and parallel progress was made in intensive care and postoperative care, some patients could be cured of the disease. The development of pre- or postoperative radiotherapy also improved local control. Partly because of the interest that began to be focused on improving survival for this diagnostic group, chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy has been incorporated into the therapeutic arsenal. The aim of this review is to shed light on current treatment principles for esophageal cancer. However, treatment results from studies utilizing combination chemotherapy given concurrently with radiotherapy support the conclusion that well-designed randomized trials with long-term follow-ups should be performed.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: April 1, 2002