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[Effort to radically cure stage III and IV esophageal carcinoma with simultaneous radiotherapy and chemotherapy in standard clinical practice].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
La Radiologia medica
Publication Date
Volume
102
Issue
1-2
Pages
72–77
Identifiers
PMID: 11677442
Source
Medline

Abstract

Many Stage III and IV patients, selected for an aggressive chemo-radiation approach on the grounds of satisfactory medical conditions, can obtain relief of dysphagia. Toxicity can be severe, but is rarely life-threatening. Some cases, without extrathoracic spread of the tumor can achieve long term survival (in our experience 24% 2-year survival in Stage III, in our experience which favourably compares with the results obtained by other authors). Whether surgery may improve the therapeutic results of chemo-radiotherapy in patients whose tumour has become resectable, is an issue that cannot be satisfactorily addressed on the basis of our experience, nor are the results from the available literature exhaustive to this regard.

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