Radiotherapy for carcinoma of the esophagus in aged patients

S. Nomoto, H. Imada, S. Yamashita, H. Terashima, H. Nakata, H. Itoh, K. Ohsato, T. Okamura

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One hundred fifty-four patients with esophageal carcinoma were treated with either irradiation alone or irradiation combined with surgery at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health Hospital between January 1980 and February 1992. The number of patients 75 years old and older was 25. In patients 74 years old and younger, the overall five-year survival rate by Kaplan-Meier method was 24.5%. The survival rate was best in the patients who were treated by a combination of irradiation and surgery. In patients 75 years old and older, the one-year survival rate was 59%, and the three-year rate was 20%. Aged patients had a tendency to be worse in performance status, and there was no correlation between treatment modality and survival time. We conclude that radiotherapy is useful for treating esophageal cancer in aged patients particularly when maintenance of the quality of life is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-894
Number of pages5
JournalNihon Igaku Hōshasen Gakkai zasshi. Nippon acta radiologica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology


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