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Who is most likely to refuse surgery for esophageal cancer?

In a study of treatments for esophageal cancer, it was found that older, non-white women were more likely to refuse surgery, as were people with earlier stage disease (stage I and II). The researchers expected more skepticism toward surgery from people with advanced disease and a poor prognosis, but were particularly disheartened that people with surgically curable early stage disease would forgo potentially life-saving surgery. It is essential that all people with cancer be adequately informed about the risks and benefits of the various treatment options and that they have access to quality surgery.

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