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Is surgery the only effective treatment for esophageal cancer?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

There are multiple therapies available for esophageal carcinoma, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser, photo-dynamic therapy, and other. For curative intent, with appropriately selected patients, surgery is still the best chance for cure.

In brief: No

There are multiple therapies available for esophageal carcinoma, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser, photo-dynamic therapy, and other. For curative intent, with appropriately selected patients, surgery is still the best chance for cure.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage.
There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. In the patient in poor physical condition, chemoradiotherapy without surgery.

In brief: No

Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage.
There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. In the patient in poor physical condition, chemoradiotherapy without surgery.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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