Cervical Esophageal Cancers: Challenges and Opportunities

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Purpose of the Review: Cervical esophageal cancers (CECs) are a rare subset of esophageal cancers that are distinct in their management and outcomes. This review explores current data on the optimal management of this disease. Recent Findings: While outcomes for CEC have been suboptimal, several strategies have been proven beneficial in recent years. These include selective surgical resection or salvage surgery, chemoradiation (CRT) vs. radiation (RT) alone, dose escalation, IMRT, and induction chemotherapy. Summary: The optimal management of CEC to achieve the best oncological outcomes and minimize morbidity appears to be definitive chemoradiation with surgery reserved for selective salvage. While the benefit of dose escalated vs. standard dosing for radiation is unclear, most appear to use doses in excess of 50.4 Gy, even in the United States. IMRT might provide a benefit independent of allowing for dose escalation. Induction chemotherapy might allow for “chemoselection”, but the benefit is unclear.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
JournalCurrent Oncology Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2019


  • Cervical esophagus cancer
  • Chemoradiation
  • IMRT
  • Proximal esophagus
  • Radiation dose escalation
  • Squamous cell carcinoma


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