Do all patients with carcinoma of the esophagus benefit from treatment at teaching facilities?

Michael C. Cheung, Leonidas G. Koniaris, Relin Yang, Ying Zhuge, Jill A. Mackinnon, Margaret M. Byrne, Dido Franceschi

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Background: We sought to determine whether patients with esophageal carcinoma benefit from regionalization of care. Methods: The Florida Cancer Data System (FCDS) and the Agency for Health Care Administration data sets (1998-2002) were merged and queried. Results: A total of 5,041 patients (87.6% Caucasian vs. 11.1% African American (AA)) demonstrated a median survival time of 9.8 months overall and 23.4 months following surgical resection (P<0.001). Adenocarcinoma arose predominantly in Caucasian patients (98.1%). Patients with adenocarcinoma (n=2,248) derived a treatment benefit at a TF (HR=1.35, P=0.003), including an improved 90-day mortality following surgery (2.1% vs. 4.0%, P<0.001). Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) arose predominantly in AA patients (91.6%). No overall survival benefit at TF was observed (HR=1.01, P=0.915), however a trend for reduced 90-day surgical mortality was observed at TF (1.9% vs. 5.2%, P=0.062). Multivariate analysis for adenocarcinoma demonstrates that poverty, lack of chemotherapy or surgery, and failure to provide treatment at a TF are independent predictors of worse survival. For SCC patients, AA race was a significant predictor of poorer survival while TF and poverty level were not. Conclusions: These data suggest no benefit from potential regionalized care for patients with squamous histology, which disproportionately affects AA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of surgical oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010


  • Esophagus cancer
  • Outcomes
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Teaching facility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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