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Should We Recommend Surgery to Patients with Limited Small Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus?

Should We Recommend Surgery to Patients with Limited Small Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus? EDITORIAL Should We Recommend Surgery to Patients with Limited Small Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus? Aminah Jatoi, MD,* and Robert C. Miller, MD† n this issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology,Lvetal. describe what seems to be Ithe largest, clinical experience to date of patients with small cell carcinoma of the esophagus: a 126-patient report. This experience encompasses 20 years of patient care at the Cancer Hospital of Peking Union Medical College from 1985 though 2005. Before this publication, clinical decision-making for patients with small cell carcinoma of the esophagus had been forced to rely upon single case reports and much smaller case series. Indeed, several years ago, McFadden et al. provided a “review of the 129 cases reported in the world literature”–a descriptive phrase that further underscores the seminal nature of the data published in this issue of the Journal. Thus, these authors are in a unique position to begin to provide insight into a fundamental, therapeutic question: Should we recommend surgery to patients with limited stage small cell carcinoma of the esophagus? Published case reports and small case series have not been able to yield a consensus opinion in response to this question. Now, however, Lv et http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Thoracic Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

Should We Recommend Surgery to Patients with Limited Small Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus?

Journal of Thoracic Oncology , Volume 3 (12) – Dec 1, 2008

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1556-0864
DOI
10.1097/JTO.0b013e31818dd98f
pmid
19057258
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EDITORIAL Should We Recommend Surgery to Patients with Limited Small Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus? Aminah Jatoi, MD,* and Robert C. Miller, MD† n this issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology,Lvetal. describe what seems to be Ithe largest, clinical experience to date of patients with small cell carcinoma of the esophagus: a 126-patient report. This experience encompasses 20 years of patient care at the Cancer Hospital of Peking Union Medical College from 1985 though 2005. Before this publication, clinical decision-making for patients with small cell carcinoma of the esophagus had been forced to rely upon single case reports and much smaller case series. Indeed, several years ago, McFadden et al. provided a “review of the 129 cases reported in the world literature”–a descriptive phrase that further underscores the seminal nature of the data published in this issue of the Journal. Thus, these authors are in a unique position to begin to provide insight into a fundamental, therapeutic question: Should we recommend surgery to patients with limited stage small cell carcinoma of the esophagus? Published case reports and small case series have not been able to yield a consensus opinion in response to this question. Now, however, Lv et

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Journal of Thoracic OncologyWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Dec 1, 2008

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