Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus: therapeutic dilemma

World J Surg. 1994 May-Jun;18(3):308-11. doi: 10.1007/BF00316808.


Seventy-five patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus were evaluated over a 5-year period. Most of the patients had advanced-stage cancer when first seen. Only 50% were surgically explored, and 33% underwent resection. Operative mortality was 8%. Despite the immediate and durable palliation provided by surgical resection, survival rates were poor. Early diagnosis and aggressive surgical resection are the main hopes for improved long-term results.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / surgery*
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome