In a previous study, we performed a meta-analysis of the oncological outcomes of patients suffering from cervical esophageal squamous cell carcinoma treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy. Further analysis was performed, and a random effect modeling showed a pooled local-regional failure rate of 41.4% (95% CI 32.2-50.8), and a pooled distant failure rate of 21.6% (95% CI 17.0-26.5). The included studies used a median radiotherapy (RT) dose of 61.2 Gy (95% CI 60.0-62.0, range 56.0-66.0), but we measured a non-significant impact of the RT dose on the pooled overall survival (OS), suggesting that an increased RT dose might not be related to an improved OS (p = 0.23). Further research should be conducted to define predictors and prognostic categories that may select the best treatment option for each patient.

Reply to Letter to the Editor regarding "Oncological outcomes of squamous cell carcinoma of the cervical esophagus treated with definitive (chemo-)radiotherapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis"

De Virgilio, Armando;Mercante, Giuseppe;Franzese, Ciro;Scorsetti, Marta;Castoro, Carlo;Spriano, Giuseppe
2022

Abstract

In a previous study, we performed a meta-analysis of the oncological outcomes of patients suffering from cervical esophageal squamous cell carcinoma treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy. Further analysis was performed, and a random effect modeling showed a pooled local-regional failure rate of 41.4% (95% CI 32.2-50.8), and a pooled distant failure rate of 21.6% (95% CI 17.0-26.5). The included studies used a median radiotherapy (RT) dose of 61.2 Gy (95% CI 60.0-62.0, range 56.0-66.0), but we measured a non-significant impact of the RT dose on the pooled overall survival (OS), suggesting that an increased RT dose might not be related to an improved OS (p = 0.23). Further research should be conducted to define predictors and prognostic categories that may select the best treatment option for each patient.
Chemoradiotherapy
Proximal esophagus
Recurrence
Regional failure
Upper esophagus
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