Surgery for esophageal cancer appears underutilized, study says

01/4/2009 | Reuters

An analysis of more than 2,300 patients with early-stage cancer of the esophagus found improved median survival for patients who underwent surgery compared to patients who did not have surgery. Researchers said, however, that there appears to be an underuse of surgical treatment, especially among nonwhite patients, older patients, those living in a high-poverty area and patients with additional illnesses.

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