Surgical resection best for early-stage esophageal cancer

Traditional surgical resection provides better outcomes for patients than endoscopic resection for the treatment of localised, early-stage esophageal cancer, according to a US study involving 5,000 patients from 824 hospitals.

Although more invasive, surgical resection achieved an 87.6% five-year survival rate compared with 76% for endoscopic resection.

"Endoscopic resection was becoming a more and more common surgical choice for treating early-stage esophageal cancer, but there really wasn't a