Palliation of esophageal cancer: Palliative resection and bypass surgery

O. Horvath, L. Lukács

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Abstract

The opinion that resection of the esophagus provides the best and most long-lasting palliation for advanced esophageal cancer is generally accepted, especially as it is the only method of treatment that offers the possibility of definite cure. To perform a palliative resection is particularly warranted in cases where the lesion turns out not to be removed totally despite the findings delivered by the preoperative investigation. Both the increased morbidity and mortality associated with palliative resections make the physician weigh up the options in order to decide whether a good palliation or a less effective palliation (e.g. intubation, laser), presenting little or no risk to the patient's life, should be performed. Bypass procedures for esophageal cancer, due to their enhanced risk of morbidity, are only indicated in case of esophagorespiratory fistula or if other authentic alternatives are lacking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-122
Number of pages6
JournalDiseases of the Esophagus
Volume9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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Esophageal Neoplasms
Morbidity
Intubation
Esophagus
Fistula
Lasers
Physicians
Mortality
Therapeutics

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Palliation of esophageal cancer : Palliative resection and bypass surgery. / Horvath, O.; Lukács, L.

In: Diseases of the Esophagus, Vol. 9, No. 2, 1996, p. 117-122.

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