Treatment of oesophageal cancer

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.125c (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:125

Prognosis is not uniformly bad

  1. Fayek Salama,
  2. David Beggs,
  3. Ellis Morgan
  1. Consultant thoracic surgeon Associate specialist Consultant thoracic surgeon, City Hospital, Nottingham NG5 1PB.

    EDITOR,—We agree with Seamus O'Reilly and Arlene Forastiere that surgery remains the standard treatment for resectable oesophageal cancer, but we do not agree that the outlook in such cases is almost hopeless.1 The review of Earlam and Cunha-Melo spanned two decades of all types of practice, and the latest paper in that review was published 16 years ago. This review is now of only historic interest and should not be quoted as a reflection of modern practice. Nor do we agree that most …

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