Soft palate findings associated with a high risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma using an endoscopic system with enhanced depth-of-field imaging

Post written by Kotaro Waki, MD, from the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Osaka, Japan. We previously reported that 3 endoscopic findings of melanosis, whitish epithelium, and vasodilation in the soft palate are associated with a high risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and are considered useful as indicators of ESCC. …

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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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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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