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Quality of Life After Surgical Treatment of Early Barrett's Cancer: A Prospective Comparison of the Ivor-Lewis Resection Versus the Modified Merendino Resection.
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PMID:  24378548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: The Merendino (MER) procedure has been evaluated as an alternative to transthoracic esophageal resection (TER) for early stage Barrett's carcinoma. Apart from reducing morbidity and mortality, improvements concerning postoperative health-related quality of life (HRQL) have been postulated. The aim of our study was to compare HRQL between these procedures.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between July 2000 and July 2007, 117 patients with early Barrett's carcinoma underwent surgery. Patients with tumor recurrence were excluded from the study. HRQL was assessed 1 and 2 years after surgery using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Core Questionnaire (EORTC-QLQ-C30) and the QLQ-OES18 module. Patients recently diagnosed with early Barrett's carcinoma served as controls. Symptoms that showed a difference of more than ten between the control and the study groups were considered clinically relevant and were tested for significant differences between the study groups using the Mann-Whitney U test (p < 0.05).
RESULTS: The response rates for the questionnaires ranged between 70 and 93 %. In the MER group, more items reflected a clinical relevant impairment of HRQL than in the TER group. Significant complaints in the MER group included nausea/vomiting, appetite loss, local pain, difficulties with social eating, and choking. Moreover, we found a significant restriction concerning global health and emotional and social functioning in this group 1 year after surgery. 2 years postoperatively, hardly any differences between the operative techniques could be detected. The only symptom in favor of the MER procedure was a better dysphagia score postoperatively.
CONCLUSION: Our study suggests that MER procedure is not superior to subtotal esophagectomy with regard to HRQL.
Ch Zapletal; Ch Heesen; J Origer; M Pauthner; O Pech; Ch Ell; Dietmar Lorenz
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-12-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  World journal of surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-2323     ISO Abbreviation:  World J Surg     Publication Date:  2013 Dec 
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Created Date:  2013-12-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7704052     Medline TA:  World J Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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