Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy Improves Outcomes, But Remains Underutilized

Jae Kim, MD
Published: Sunday, Dec 14, 2014
City of Hope Jae Kim, MD
Jae Kim, MD
 
 
Chief and Assistant Professor

Division of Thoracic Surgery

City of Hope

Duarte, CA Strategic Partnerships
Surgery remains the most effective curative treatment for esophageal cancer. Yet, many eligible patients do not undergo esophagectomy. An analysis of the NCI's SEER database found that Black and Hispanic patients were significantly less likely to undergo surgery for esophageal cancer compared with whites and that this difference was the underlying cause of disparate survival for esophageal cancer.1
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