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April 7, 1951


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From the Surgical Services of the Jefferson and Pennsylvania Hospitals.

JAMA. 1951;145(14):1035-1040. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320009003

Malignant lesions occur more frequently in the esophagus than in any other portion of the alimentary tract, with the exception of the stomach, colon and rectum.1 In the past 15 years a suitable operation for the radical cure of cancer of the esophagus has been developed, with simultaneous reestablishment of the continuity of the alimentary tract. The modern operation is radical, is performed in one stage and permits normal alimentation a few days after operation. The average life expectancy of both men and women is increasing, so that more persons reach the cancer age group.2 There will be, therefore, an increasing number of persons developing cancer of the esophagus, for whom surgery can now offer a reasonable chance of cure.

There have been relatively few reports of the surgical treatment of large series of patients with cancer of the esophagus. Most series have included cancer of the cardia