Liquid nitrogen spray cryotherapy for dysphagia palliation in patients with inoperable esophageal cancer

Post written by Toufic Kachaamy, MD, from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Dysphagia palliation in non-operable esophageal cancer patients is dependent on local expertise with no clear modality favored over others. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines considers multiple modalities such as stenting, external beam radiation, brachytherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, …

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Screening for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma: recent advances

Post written by Don C. Codipilly, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is well known worldwide for causing substantial morbidity and mortality. Our aim was to highlight recent advances in both endoscopic and non-endoscopic screening and surveillance strategies. We felt clinicians would appreciate a …

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Editor’s Choice: Screening for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

Associate Editor, Dr. Fauze Maluf-Filho, highlights this article from the September issue “Screening for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma: recent advances” by Don C. Codipilly, MD, et al.  This study provides a thorough review of the current technologies (endoscopic and non-endoscopic) to screen for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). It also points out future directions for …

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AE of self-expandable esophageal metallic stents in patients with long-term survival

Post written by Bruno Costa Martins, MD, from the Endoscopy Division at the Cancer Institute of the University of São Paulo. The focus of this study was to evaluate the long-term behavior of esophageal metallic stents in patients with malignant disease and palliative intent. Esophageal metallic stents are considered the mainstay palliative treatment for patients …

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Rendezvous endoscopic access and treatment of esophagopleural fistula

Post written by Amy Tyberg, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA This case describes a patient with obstructive esophageal cancer dependent on PEG feeding for nutrition who developed an esophagopleural fistula at the level of the malignant stenosis with resultant hydropneumothorax requiring chest tube …

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Photodynamic therapy after CRT for esophageal cancer

Ken Hatogai, MD, from the Department of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy Division, at the National Cancer Center Hospital East, in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan discusses this article, "Salvage photodynamic therapy for local failure after chemoradiotherapy for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma." The present study clarified the long-term results and prognostic factors of salvage photodynamic therapy (PDT) for local failure …

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Prediction of adverse events after esophageal stent placement

Lorenzo Fuccio, MD, from the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, S.Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, in Bologna, Italy discusses this Original Article, "Development of a prediction model of adverse events after stent placement for esophageal cancer." We conducted a retrospective analysis of a large database including 267 patients with dysphagia owing to esophageal cancer and treated …

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Editor’s Choice: Detection and staging of esophageal cancers within BE

Associate Editor Jacques Devière, MD, PhD recommends this Original Article from the December issue "Detection and staging of esophageal cancers within Barrett’s esophagus is improved by assessment in specialized Barrett’s units." The authors clearly address a common problem in the assessment of patients having Barrett's esophagus (BE) and dysplasia. In 2014, evaluation of these patients includes …

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Endoscopic outcomes in early esophageal cancer

Sachin Wani, MD, from the University of Colorado and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, USA discusses his Original Article "Comparison of endoscopic therapies and surgical resection in patients with early esophageal cancer: a population-based study" from the February issue. The aims of this study were to use the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results …

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