Navigation Links
Mayo Clinic: Less-invasive option as effective as esophagus removal in early esophageal cancer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Use of a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal cancer is as effective as surgery that takes out and rebuilds the esophagus, according to a study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The research, published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, examined national outcomes from endoscopic treatment compared to esophagectomy, surgical removal of the esophagus.

It found that endoscopic therapy offered long-term survival rates similar to those for esophagectomy, says lead author, Michael B. Wallace, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

"Endoscopic resection in the esophagus is similar to how we remove polyps in the colon, although it is much more technically complex. Esophagectomy is a major surgical procedure that cuts out the entire esophagus, and pulls the stomach into the neck to create a new food tube," Dr. Wallace says.

"Our study on national outcomes, as well as our own experience with the procedure at Mayo Clinic in Florida, suggests that both offer the similar changes for cure and long-term survival," he says. "Patients now have the option to preserve their esophagus when only early stage cancer is present."

The research looked at national outcomes from the two procedures in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma, the most common type of esophageal cancer in the United States. The research team examined data from the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database.

They identified 1,619 patients with superficial, early stage esophageal adenocarcinoma who had endoscopic therapy (19 percent) or surgery (81 percent) from 1998 through 2009. Many of these patients were treated for cancers that arose from Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the cells in the lower part of the esophagus morph into a precancerous state.

The researchers collected survival data through the end of 2009, and found that endoscopy therapy increased progressively from 3 percent in 1998 to 29 percent in 2009 and was more often used in older patients. After adjusting for patient and tumor factors, the researchers concluded that patients treated by endoscopy had similar overall survival times compared to surgery.

"Endoscopy therapy for early stage esophageal cancer is becoming an acceptable method for all patients with very early esophageal cancer," Dr. Wallace says. He adds that because of its complexity the procedure is generally offered at centers of endoscopic excellence, such as Mayo Clinic in Florida, that have extensive experience in a multidisciplinary approach to endoscopic therapy.


Contact: Kevin Punsky
Mayo Clinic

Related medicine news :

1. Mayo Clinic: Enhanced recovery pathway for gynecologic surgery gets patients back to health faster
2. Mayo Clinic: Preclinical tests may lead to new approach to treat CNS lymphoma
3. Mayo Clinic: Rotavirus vaccine given to newborns in Africa is effective
4. Mayo Clinic: How gold nanoparticles can help fight ovarian cancer
5. Mayo Clinic: Inflammatory bowel disease raises risk of melanoma
6. Mayo Clinic: Scheduled imaging studies provide little help detecting relapse of aggressive lymphoma
7. Mayo Clinic: New multiple myeloma treatment guidelines personalize therapy for patients
8. Mayo Clinic: Skin problems, joint disorders top list of reasons people visit doctors
9. Mayo Clinic: 2-drug combination may slow deadly thyroid cancer
10. Mayo Clinic: Less invasive surgery detects residual breast cancer in lymph nodes after chemotherapy
11. Mayo Clinic: Antidepressant eases radiation-related mouth pain in head, neck cancer
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ), one of ... innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal support ... your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is circulated ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... system that we intend to develop to enable prevention of a major side ... severe hearing loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology ... in Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric ... President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Health ... interactive health literacy software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), an ... education, today announce a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic partner, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... of California Berkeley, and other leading institutions in announcing the launch of the ... to change the way animals are raised for food. , Founding members of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/7/2017)...   Provista, a proven leader in the ... purchasing power, today announced a new resource area on ... is the online home for case studies, articles ... news releases, slideshows and events. ... resources at their fingertips, viewers can also watch short ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development ... aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the ... arrests with better efficiency compared to the dated and ... feedback on efficacy of the compression for a more ... a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017 ... of single-use, self-contained, illuminating medical devices, today announced ... National Health Surveillance Agency (or Agência Nacional de ... The first single-use, cordless surgical retractor with integrated ... provides optimal access, illumination and exposure of a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: