ALERT!

This site is not optimized for Internet Explorer 8 (or older).

Please upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer or use an alternate browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

Esophagus

Detection of Circulating Tumor DNA in Plasma: A Potential Biomarker for Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Egyud and colleagues evaluated plasma levels of circulating tumor (ct)DNA in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma, ranging from stage I to stage IV. The quantity of ctDNA and likelihood of ctDNA detection was greater at later stages, suggesting that it may be challenging to use for early-stage diagnosis. However, changes in ctDNA levels were indicative of response to therapy and recurrence, and the authors conclude that they may serve as a dynamic biomarker to monitor a patient’s response to treatment.

Adjuvant Therapy for Node-Positive Esophageal Cancer After Induction and Surgery: A Multisite Study

In this multiinstitutional retrospective study, administration of adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with persistent nodal disease after induction therapy and esophagectomy was associated with improved survival.

Association of Discretionary Hospital Volume Standards for High-Risk Cancer Surgery With Patient Outcomes and Access, 2005-2016

Regionalization of care for complex problems remains an open question in most countries. This review demonstrated that, for high risk cancer operations in the US, the Leapfrog group's volume standards did not differentiate between surgical mortality outcomes for lung and esophageal cancer surgery. However, differences were evident comparing lowest and highest volume quintiles for operative mortality associated with these procedures.

Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Decision Algorithms in Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Throacic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA) Decision Algorithms in Cardiothoracic Surgery is a 100-chapter compendium with an individual algorithm for clinical decisions spanning the entire scope of cardiothoracic surgery. The resource was developed for cardiothoracic surgery residents by residents and cardiothoraicc surgery faculty.

In Global News: 3D Echocardiography Goggles, US Lung Transplant Policy, and Training for OR Fires

Patient Care and General Interest

Uruguay’s fight against tobacco and Phillip Morris was highlighted at the recent Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology, and one physician shares her thoughts.

The University of California Los Angeles has opened a new center, the Robert G. Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health, to focus on treatment, research, and education for esophageal disorders.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Esophagus