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Esophagus

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 49–55 | Cite as

Strategies to improve surgical results in the treatment of esophageal cancer

  • Simon Law
INVITED LECTURE

Abstract

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 words

Esophageal neoplasm Esophagectomy Morbidity Mortality 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Esophageal Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Hong Kong Medical Centre, Queen Mary HospitalHong Kong

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