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Why do people refuse surgery for esophageal cancer?

It is hard to know why people refuse surgery for esophageal cancer and what factors affect their decisions regarding their treatment for esophageal cancer. However, the researchers of a comprehensive study surmised that it could be dependent on the type of doctor with whom the people first met and the way the surgery was described to them during the shared decision-making process. As a result, the researchers suggested that in addition to other doctors, people should discuss their treatment options with a general thoracic surgeon, allowing them to better understand the role of esophagectomy and to understand that in many instances their chances of beating cancer will likely increase with an operation.

While all of the nonsurgical techniques seem easier and less invasive to people in the short term, they should understand the long-term implications. This is particularly true of early stage cancer, in which local control and correct staging with surgery is so critical.

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