Significance of Tumor Length as Prognostic Factor for Esophageal Cancer

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Zeybek A., ERDOĞAN A., GÜLKESEN K. H., ergin M., sarper A., DERTSİZ L., ...More

INTERNATIONAL SURGERY, vol.98, no.3, pp.234-240, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.9738/intsurg-d-13-00075.1
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.234-240
  • Keywords: Tumor length, Esophageal cancer, Prognostic factor, SURVIVAL
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Our study indicated the relationship between tumor length and clinicopathologic characteristics as well as long-term survival in esophageal cancer. A total of 116 patients who underwent curative surgery for thoracic esophageal cancer with standard lymphadenectomy in 2 fields between 2000 and 2010 were included in the study. The medical records of these patients were retrospectively reviewed. The patients with tumor length >= 3 cm had a highly significant difference in the involvement of adventitia and lymph node stations. The patients with tumor length <= 3 cm had significantly lower rates of involvement of the adventitia and lymph node stations. Tumor length could have a significant impact on both the overall survival and disease-free survival of patients with resected esophageal carcinomas and may provide additional prognostic value to the current tumor, node, and metastasis staging system before patients receive any cancer specific treatment.