Expandable metal stents versus laser combined with radiotherapy for palliation of unresectable esophageal cancer: a prospective randomized trial.

@article{Koenigsrainer2000ExpandableMS,
  title={Expandable metal stents versus laser combined with radiotherapy for palliation of unresectable esophageal cancer: a prospective randomized trial.},
  author={Alfred Koenigsrainer and Brigitte Riedmann and Alexander de Vries and Dietmar Ofner and Bernhard Spechtenhauser and Fritz Aigner and Esther Fritsch and Raimund Margreiter},
  journal={Hepato-gastroenterology},
  year={2000},
  volume={47 33},
  pages={724-7}
}
BACKGROUND/AIMS Because of the short life expectancy of patients with esophageal cancer, relief of dysphagia associated with low morbidity and mortality must be the aim of any therapeutic strategy. METHODOLOGY A total of 39 patients with unresectable esophageal cancer were randomly allocated to either receive combined laser-percutaneous radiotherapy (group 1, n = 21) or to have a self-expanding metal stent placed (group 2, n = 18). Some patients in group 2 required initial laser therapy… CONTINUE READING