This volume presents an overview of the current state of knowledge in the diagnosis, classification, surgical and multimodality therapy of malignant esophageal tumors. This includes squamous cell carcinoma as well as adenocarcinoma and in particular Barret's syndrome. The chapters focus on new diagnostic procedures such as laser fluorescence spectroscopy, chromoscopy and magnification endoscopy. These procedures not only help to optimize tumor staging but also form a basis for making noninvasive surgical and interventional methods safer and more effective. Since the results of treatment of malignant esophageal tumors are often still unsatisfactory, development of combined therapies directed at improving the prognosis become just as significant as new operation techniques. This volume, characterized by its multidisciplinarity and variety of approaches to the topic, shows how the prevailing limitations in the management of this tumor entity can be overcome in the future.
Table of ContentsEpidemiology of Esophageal Cancer, Especially Adenocarcinoma of the Esophagus and Esophagogastric Junction.- Modern Pathology: Prognostic Parameters in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus.- Malignant Progression in Barrett’s Esophagus: Pathology and Molecular Biology.- Malignant Degeneration of Barrett’s Esophagus: Clinical Point of View.- New Diagnostic Methods for Esophageal Carcinoma.- Esophageal Carcinoma: Current Staging Strategies.- What’s New in Imaging? New Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Esophageal Cancer Using an Endoluminal Surface Coil and Antibody-Coated Magnetite Particles.- Risk Analysis in Esophageal Surgery.- Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation Followed by Surgery for Resectable Esophageal Cancer.- Neoadjuvant Therapy of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus.- Therapy of Cervical Esophageal Carcinoma.- Esophageal Cancer: A European Perspective.- Significance of Extended Systemic Lymph Node Dissection for Thoracic Esophageal Carcinoma in Japan.- Gastric Conditioning.- Fundus Rotation Gastroplasty: A Modified Gastric Tube.- Colon Interposition.- Complications Following Esophageal Surgery.- Photodynamic Therapy.- Endoscopic Mucosectomy: An Alternative Treatment for Superficial Esophageal Cancer.- Quality of Life in Patients with Oesophageal Cancer.