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Treatment of oesophageal cancer

Treatment of oesophageal cancer

Treatment of oesophageal cancer

Treatment of oesophageal cancer

The management of oesophageal cancer depends upon its severity and spread. The health status and age of the patient also play a role in determining the treatment plan. Surgical resection of the affected part of the oesophagus (oesophagectomy) is the first line of treatment in a cancer which is relatively small and localised. However, if the cancer has spread to other tissues, then chemotherapy and radiotherapy may also be considered. A newer treatment modality named ‘photodynamic therapy’ is also considered. This is a type of laser therapy where the cancer cells absorb anti-cancer drugs and destroy them when exposed to a special type of light.

The overall prognosis of oesophageal cancer is poor. The cancer has a fair chance of cure if it is localised and has not yet spread. However, the survival rate is very poor if the cancer has spread to other body tissues.

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