Background of Lymph Node Dissection for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Esophagus

  • Hiroshi Akiyama
  • Masahiko Tsurumaru
  • Yoshimasa Ono
  • Harushi Udagawa
  • Yoshiaki Kajiyama


Resection of the cancer and reconstruction of a functional organ are the two major components of the surgical treatment of esophageal carcinoma. Although both are equally important, adequate tumor resection is definitely more relevant as far as survival and the operative objectives are concerned, since incomplete resection will make cure impossible. The presence of lymphatic metastases implies the systemic spread of tumor. However, patients with lymph node involvement can still be cured by radical lymph node dissection, as long as the tumor spread remains within certain limits. We have shown [1–4] that radical lymph node dissection in appropriate cases offers a chance of cure in an otherwise uniformly fatal disease.


Esophageal Cancer Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Esophageal Carcinoma Thoracic Esophagus Abdominal Node 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Akiyama
  • Masahiko Tsurumaru
  • Yoshimasa Ono
  • Harushi Udagawa
  • Yoshiaki Kajiyama
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryToranomon HospitalMinato-ku, Tokyo, 105Japan

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