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08.10.2018 | Original Article

Comparison of Long-term Quality of Life in Patients with Esophageal Cancer after Ivor-Lewis, Mckeown, or Sweet Esophagectomy

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Yu-Shang Yang, Qi-Xin Shang, Yong Yuan, Xiao-Ying Wu, Wei-Peng Hu, Long-Qi Chen
Wichtige Hinweise
Yu-Shang Yang and Qi-Xin Shang contributed equally to this work.
This work was presented at the 14th world conference of global perspectives in esophageal diseases (September 4, 2017, Geneva) and awarded best abstract.



The aim of this study was to compare the long-term quality of life (QoL) in patients after Sweet, Ivor-Lewis, or Mckeown esophagectomy.


Esophageal cancer patients after Sweet, Ivor-Lewis, or Mckeown esophagectomy from 2010 to 2012 were included. QoL was assessed according to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer general questionnaire: QLQ-C30 and esophagus-specific questionnaire: QLQ-OES18.


A total of 126 qualified patients who have been alive for more than 3 years without tumor recurrence were divided into three groups: the Sweet group (n = 40), Ivor-Lewis group (n = 38), and Mckeown group (n = 48). Among these three groups, the QLQ-C30 mean scores of global health status, functional and symptom scales, and general QoL were similar. The symptom scales of QLQ-OSE18 showed that patients who had a Mckeown operation experienced more problem of eating (P = 0.029), choking when swallowing (P = 0.010) and coughing (P = 0.016), while patients undergoing Sweet operation complained more symptom of reflux (P = 0.003) and pain (P = 0.000).


All three types of esophagectomy provided a generally good long-term QoL. However, patients in Sweet and Mckeown group tend to suffer from a higher symptomatic burden as compared to Ivor-Lewis approach.

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