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When are chemotherapy and radiation used to treat esophageal cancer?

Daniel Labow, MD
Surgical Oncology
When staging of esophageal cancer reveals involvement of the lymph nodes, then appropriate treatment may be chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumor. The esophageal cancer would then be staged again with CT scan, EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) and possibly PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan to determine whether an esophagectomy could be done to potentially cure the patient.

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