Quality of Life Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive versus Open Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer

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Quality of Life Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive and Open Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer

Esophagectomy (surgical removal of part or all of the esophagus) is a treatment for some patients with esophageal cancer. Some patients have this procedure done through minimally invasive means, using a scope and other slender tools inserted through small incisions. Others have it through the traditional “open” surgical method, which employs larger incisions to remove cancerous tissue.

The purpose of this study is to compare quality of life after each of these types of surgery. Patients will complete questionnaires before and for up to two years after surgery. The surveys will include questions about quality of life measures such as pain management and other symptoms and their ability to participate in physical activities.


This study will include patients undergoing open or minimally invasive esophagectomy for stage I-IIIC esophageal cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center who are age 18 or older and can speak, read, and write English.

For more information about this study and to inquire about eligibility, please contact Dr. Nabil Rizk at 212-639-8357.

Quality of Life
Upper Gastrointestinal: Esophageal Cancer
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