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Module: Carcinoma of the Oesophagus

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A 58-year-old man with difficulty in swallowing

Author(s):

Peter Devitt
Head, Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital

Overview:

For reasons that are not entirely clear the incidence of carcinoma of the oesophagus has shown a dramatic increase in western populations over the last two decades. By the time that most patients present the disease is well advanced and the treatment offered is palliative. The overall 5-year survival rate is about 20% and nearly 90% of the patients will die of their disease.


This case focuses on the epidemiology of the disease.



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