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Scientific Review Suggests Aspirin Significantly Cuts Cancer Rates (August 18, 2014)

A recent review of several studies confirms that taking a small daily dose of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of developing – or dying from several kinds of cancer.(1) Several clinical studies have suggested that aspirin can reduce the risk... Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Effective in Early Esophageal Cancer (December 4, 2013)

A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal is as effective as surgery that removes the entire esophagus, according to the results of a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

End-of-Life Care Remains Aggressive, Despite Patient Wishes (September 16, 2013)

Although most patients with advanced cancer prefer hospice or palliative care that minimizes symptoms, many continue to receive aggressive treatment during their final weeks and months of life. In fact, elderly patients with advanced cancer often receive... Continue Reading

Following Lifestyle Recommendations Reduces Risk of Cancer Death (May 15, 2013)

People who follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations laid out by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) have a 34 percent reduced risk of dying from several diseases and specifically, a 20 percent... Continue Reading

Second-Line Docetaxel Improves Survival in Esophageal and Gastric Cancer (April 3, 2013)

Second-line treatment with docetaxel improves overall survival of patients with advanced esophageal and gastric cancer, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. The esophagus is a muscular... Continue Reading

Surgery Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (February 21, 2013)

Surgery after chemoradiotherapy—which is the standard of care in advanced esophageal cancer—increased overall and disease-free survival compared with chemoradiotherapy alone, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal... Continue Reading

Cancer Deaths on the Decline (February 11, 2013)

Overall cancer death rates continue to decline in both men and women and across major ethnic and racial groups, according to the annual Status of Cancer report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. What’s more—cancer incidence... Continue Reading

Surgeon Volume Influences Outcomes in Esophageal Cancer (February 6, 2013)

Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer have a much higher chance of long-term survival if the surgeon has performed the operation many times before, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Esophageal Cancer on the Rise (November 12, 2012)

The rate of esophageal cancer is on the rise worldwide, according to the results of a study published in GUT: An International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but the onset and magnitude of the increase varies among countries and even states. The... Continue Reading

Iressa Improves Progression-Free Survival in Metastatic Esophageal Cancer (October 5, 2012)

Treatment with Iressa® (gefitinib) slowed disease progression and improved quality of life in patients with metastatic esophageal cancer, according to the results of a phase III trial presented at the ESMO 2012 Congress of the European Society for Medical... Continue Reading

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Barrett's Esophagus Esophageal Cancer

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Effective in Early Esophageal Cancer (December 4, 2013)

A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal is as effective as surgery that removes the entire esophagus, according to the results of a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Surgeon Volume Influences Outcomes in Esophageal Cancer (February 6, 2013)

Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer have a much higher chance of long-term survival if the surgeon has performed the operation many times before, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Barrett’s Esophagus May Carry Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer Than Previously Reported (July 8, 2011)

Barrett’s esophagus—a condition characterized by abnormal cells in the lower part of the esophagus—may carry a lower risk of esophageal cancer than previously reported. These results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention Esophageal Cancer

Scientific Review Suggests Aspirin Significantly Cuts Cancer Rates (August 18, 2014)

A recent review of several studies confirms that taking a small daily dose of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of developing – or dying from several kinds of cancer.(1) Several clinical studies have suggested that aspirin can reduce the risk... Continue Reading

Esophageal Cancer on the Rise (November 12, 2012)

The rate of esophageal cancer is on the rise worldwide, according to the results of a study published in GUT: An International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but the onset and magnitude of the increase varies among countries and even states. The... Continue Reading

Aspirin Continues to Look Promising for Cancer Prevention (March 26, 2012)

A combined analysis of 51 randomized trials found that daily aspirin use reduces the risk of new cancer diagnoses as well as the risk of cancer death. These results were published in The Lancet. A growing body of evidence suggests that aspirin may reduce... Continue Reading

Stay on Top of Your Family History of Cancer (July 15, 2011)

People who are at high risk of cancer as a result of their family history may be advised to undergo earlier or more intensive cancer screening. Because family history of cancer can change over time, it’s important to update this information periodically... Continue Reading

Barrett’s Esophagus May Carry Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer Than Previously Reported (July 8, 2011)

Barrett’s esophagus—a condition characterized by abnormal cells in the lower part of the esophagus—may carry a lower risk of esophageal cancer than previously reported. These results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The... Continue Reading

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Stage IV/Recurrent Esophageal Cancer

Second-Line Docetaxel Improves Survival in Esophageal and Gastric Cancer (April 3, 2013)

Second-line treatment with docetaxel improves overall survival of patients with advanced esophageal and gastric cancer, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. The esophagus is a muscular... Continue Reading

Surgery Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (February 21, 2013)

Surgery after chemoradiotherapy—which is the standard of care in advanced esophageal cancer—increased overall and disease-free survival compared with chemoradiotherapy alone, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal... Continue Reading

Iressa Improves Progression-Free Survival in Metastatic Esophageal Cancer (October 5, 2012)

Treatment with Iressa® (gefitinib) slowed disease progression and improved quality of life in patients with metastatic esophageal cancer, according to the results of a phase III trial presented at the ESMO 2012 Congress of the European Society for Medical... Continue Reading

Study Evaluates Whole-brain Radiation Following Surgery or Radiosurgery in Cancer Spread to the Brain (November 16, 2010)

Results from a randomized Phase III study indicate that whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) following removal of one to three brain metastases with surgery or radiosurgery does not improve overall survival or duration of functional independence but does... Continue Reading

Some Patients with Advanced Cancer Continue Screening (October 22, 2010)

A significant proportion of patients with advanced cancers continue to undergo cancer screening, even though screening is unlikely to benefit these patients. These findings were recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cancer... Continue Reading

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Stages I-III Esophageal Cancer

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Effective in Early Esophageal Cancer (December 4, 2013)

A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal is as effective as surgery that removes the entire esophagus, according to the results of a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Surgery Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (February 21, 2013)

Surgery after chemoradiotherapy—which is the standard of care in advanced esophageal cancer—increased overall and disease-free survival compared with chemoradiotherapy alone, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal... Continue Reading

Surgeon Volume Influences Outcomes in Esophageal Cancer (February 6, 2013)

Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer have a much higher chance of long-term survival if the surgeon has performed the operation many times before, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Preoperative Chemoradiotherapy Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (September 10, 2012)

Preoperative chemoradiotherapy doubled median overall survival among patients with esophageal or esophagogastric junction cancer compared to surgery alone, according to the results of a phase 3 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The... Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive Surgery a Viable Option for Esophageal Cancer (June 26, 2012)

Minimally invasive surgery may provide short-term benefits in resectable esophageal cancer, reducing the risk of pulmonary infection and improving quality of life, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet. The esophagus is a muscular... Continue Reading

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