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Follow-up and Quality of Life after Esophagectomy

  • Giovanni de Manzoni
  • Francesco Casella
  • Andrea Zanoni
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)

Abstract

While follow-up programs after curative resection for esophageal cancer are normally performed, neither guidelines nor widely accepted protocols are available in the current literature. Follow-up programs are aimed at the detection of disease recurrence or new neoplasms, the management of nutritional disorders, and the treatment of benign complications, but they are also able to offer psychological support [1]. Despite these many advantages, the cost effectiveness of follow-up programs is still debated, due at least in part to a lack of definitive studies confirming the benefits. In addition to the controversy regarding the adoption of follow-up programs, there is also the question of their timing and which tests should be included, two issues that are strongly debated.

Keywords

Esophageal Cancer Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cervical Esophageal Cancer Benign Anastomotic Stricture Benign Complication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni de Manzoni
    • 1
  • Francesco Casella
  • Andrea Zanoni
  1. 1.Dept. of Surgery, Upper G.I. Surgery DivisionUniversity of VeronaVeronaItaly

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