Strategies to improve surgical results in the treatment of esophageal cancer
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Despite advances made in the treatment of esophageal cancer in recent years, it remains a lethal disease. Esophagectomy is, among general surgical procedures, an operation with the highest morbidity and mortality rates. A death rate of 10% is still reported frequently. Reduction of complication and mortality rate should be made by appropriate patient selection, meticulous execution of a well-chosen surgical method, and by high-quality perioperative care. Surgical experience bears a direct relationship to outcome. This review serves to discuss some of the pertinent issues that are related to immediate surgical outcome after esophagectomy.
Key wordsEsophageal neoplasm Esophagectomy Morbidity Mortality
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