Navigation Links
New Therapy Spares Organ in Early Esophageal Cancer
Date:9/1/2009

Less invasive procedure shaves off lesions, researchers say

TUESDAY, Sept. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Early-stage cancers of the esophagus can be treated effectively by less invasive, organ-sparing endoscopic therapy, a new study has found.

This is good news, as esophageal cancer arising from Barrett's esophagus is increasing in frequency faster than any other cancer in the United States, and 90 percent of patients die within five years of being diagnosed, according to a news release from the Mayo Clinic.

Esophageal cancer is diagnosed in its early stages about 20 percent of the time, Dr. Ganapathy Prasad, of the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Mayo Clinic and lead author on the study, published in the September issue of Gastroenterology.

"Traditionally, esophageal cancer patients undergo a complicated surgery to remove the esophagus," Prasad said in the news release. "Our team compared surgery to the use of endoscopic therapy, where a scope is inserted in the esophagus and the cancer cells are shaved off. Our results showed the less invasive therapy was just as effective as surgery for early-stage cancers."

The study included 178 patients with early-stage esophageal adenocarcinoma; 132 were treated with endoscopic mucosal resection and 46 were treated surgically. The patients who underwent the less invasive procedure -- endoscopic mucosal resection -- had a liquid injected under the lesion and then an endoscope was used to shave off the lesions. The other patients underwent the traditional removal of the esophagus, or esophagectomy.

After a nine-year follow-up, both groups had an overall mortality rate of about 20 percent. Among patients treated endoscopically, cancer recurred in 12 percent, but recurrence could be re-treated endoscopically.

While the overall results are similar, there is no contest when the impact on patients is compared, the study authors noted. Esophagectomy surgery patients typically are in hospitalized for a week, and up to 50 percent of patients have complications after the surgery. In addition, patients whose esophagus has been removed face lifelong dietary restrictions.

On the other hand, endoscopic treatments are performed in an outpatient setting, and patients are allowed to eat full meals within days of the procedure, the researchers explained.

More information

Learn more about esophageal cancer from the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



-- Dennis Thompson



SOURCE: Mayo Clinic, news release, Sept. 1, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Stuy in NEJM: New therapy prevents heart failure
2. Promise of nanodiamonds for safer gene therapy
3. Chemotherapy Linked to Sleep-Wake Cycle Disruptions
4. U.S. Compression Therapy Market to Reach $1.16 Billion in 2015, Finds Frost & Sullivan
5. The benefits of reperfusion therapy
6. Chemotherapy for breast cancer is associated with disruption of sleep-wake rhythm in women
7. CPF Submits Comments to CMS to Save Only Effective Therapy Available to PF Patients
8. Secca(R) Therapy - An Effective and Minimally Invasive Option for Treating Bowel Incontinence - Launched in the US
9. Varian Medical Systems Adds RapidArc(R) and Image Guidance to New Low Energy Treatment Platform for Radiation Therapy in International Cancer Clinics
10. Researchers find high-dose therapy for liver disease not effective
11. NIH grant advances Tay-Sachs disease gene therapy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New Therapy Spares Organ in Early Esophageal Cancer
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... Salveo for life, a company that ... product to the United States as part of its presence to expand its market ... aims to reduce the productions of nasty toxins as a result of drinking alcohol, ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... Phytocéane invites you to take ... rest of the world with ZANZIBAR SHOWER GEL. Inspired by the beauty of Zanzibar, ... Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create this gentle, crystal-clear shower gel to ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... ... new medical office in Petaluma, located at 167 Lynch Creek Way. The Petaluma ... SRO sports medicine and rehabilitation services and on-site x-ray services. Two ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... Launches New ADA Portable Motion Trek BP 300 Lift. Built for durability, this pool lift ... can be wheeled out of the way and stored when not in use. It is ... the feedback from customers into specific enhancements and created a new product that is built ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Source Vitál Apothecary, a ... percent pure essential oils, announced the company had a successful visit to the 2017 ... ECRM event gives companies that work in the nutritional, sports and health industries a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... Incretin Mimetics/GLP-1 Agonists, SNDRIs, Lipase Inhibitors, Serotonin Receptor Agonists, Sympathomimetic-GABA ... drugs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ... of 38.7% in the second half of the forecast period. The ... 2016 to 2027. The market is estimated at $1,058 million in ... ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... James Gilbart , ... 2016;12(Suppl 2):3-8; http://www.touchoncology.com/articles/optimising-clinical-outcomes-gastrointestinal-cancers-through-inhibiting-angiogenesis-and ... ... recently in a supplement to European Oncology & ... article by James Gilbart and ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017   Science Exchange ... excited to announce that the first five replication ...  (RP:CB) have been published in eLife today. Despite ... represents the first practical evaluation of reproducibility rates ... reproducible studies. Unlike other assessments of reproducibility, the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: