Article Abstract

Definitive chemoradiotherapy

Authors: Michael Stahl, Wilfried Budach

Abstract

Definitive chemoradiotherapy (dCRT) is reflecting a treatment standard in oesophageal cancer. For irresectable localised tumours and for inoperable patients, dCRT can change the treatment intent from palliative to curative. In patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), in particular in those of cervical location, dCRT is a proper alternative for treatment that may include radical surgery. Patients with localised locoregional recurrence after primary surgery can survive for long-term after salvage CRT.