TREATMENT STRATEGIES FOR ESOPHAGEAL STRICTURE BEFORE OR AFTER CHEMORADIOTHERAPY FOR ADVANCED ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Esophageal stricture due to advanced cancer is one of the serious complications of esophageal cancer as it causes dysphagia. A self-expandable metallic stent is easily inserted in such patients and provides immediate symptomatic relief of dysphagia. Alternatively, definitive chemoradiotherapy has demonstrated a significant improvement in local control and overall survival, and is now commonly used for not only unresectable esophageal cancer patients but also in resectable cases. However, little is known about its role in relief of dysphagia. Therefore, we reviewed our experience of patients with esophageal stricture who were treated with chemoradiotherapy. We expect that the findings in this article might be useful in future clinical practice.

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