Surgical Experience of Superficial Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Thailand

  • Apinop Chanvitan
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In Thailand, esophageal cancer is most prevalent in the south. Songkhla Province in southern Thailand has the highest incidence of esophageal cancer in Thailand, with a world population standardized rate of 9.7 per 100000 in males and 3.1 per 100000 in females. In this registry, it is the third most common cancer in men. More than 90% of cases with a histological diagnosis were squamous cell carcinoma [1, 2, 3]. Esophageal cancer is a significant public health problem in southern Thailand. About 80–100 patients with esophageal cancer are treated each year at Songklanagarind University Hospital. In 1984 the Department of Surgery set up a unit to undertake research into this disease. Lines of investigation that we have followed so far include descriptive epidemiology, exploration of potential risk factors, trials of a screening test for early detection, and improvement of therapy with special emphasis on using of multimodality treatment.


Squamous Cell Carcinoma Esophageal Cancer Submucosal Tumor Mucosal Cancer Significant Public Health Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Apinop Chanvitan
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  1. 1.Khaengkoi Medical CenterKhaengkoi, SaraburiThailand

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