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Why is it sometimes impossible to operate on esophageal cancer?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Depends on the stage

There are IV stages of esophageal cancer.
Stage IV esphageal cancer generally means that the cancer has spread to distant areas of the body, or has invaded important structures that can't removed. In the instance of stage IV esophageal cancer, esophagectomy is not curative, and therefore not indicated.

In brief: Depends on the stage

There are IV stages of esophageal cancer.
Stage IV esphageal cancer generally means that the cancer has spread to distant areas of the body, or has invaded important structures that can't removed. In the instance of stage IV esophageal cancer, esophagectomy is not curative, and therefore not indicated.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Esophgeal cancer that is invading the aorta or trachea or other vital structure is also considered inoperable, even if it is not stage IV.
Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Benefit

If the cancer has spread beyond what will be removed, or if the patient is unable to tolerated the operation anticipated, then it is unwise and inappropriate for them to go to the or. There are other treatment options available, and it is unusual today to have a patient die in the or due to poor selection.

In brief: Benefit

If the cancer has spread beyond what will be removed, or if the patient is unable to tolerated the operation anticipated, then it is unwise and inappropriate for them to go to the or. There are other treatment options available, and it is unusual today to have a patient die in the or due to poor selection.
Dr. Craig Carter
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