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    The management of patients with esophageal cancer and coronary artery stenosis undergoing radiotherapy or concurrent chemoradiotherapy: a single-center experience. Luo Hui,Chen Xiaojian,Zhang Qiugui,Wang Lanhua,Qiao Lili,Liang Ning,Xie Jian,Yu Xinshuang,Song Meijuan,Liu Zhen,Lv Yajuan,Liu Fengjun,Tian Yuan,Cheng Jian,Deng Guodong,Zhang Jingxin,Li X Allen,Zhang Jiandong Journal of B.U.ON. : official journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology PURPOSE:The incidence of esophageal cancer (EC) patients with coronary artery stenosis presents particular challenges. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the efficiency of management on patients with both diseases treated by radiotherapy (RT) or concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). METHODS:Fifty-three patients with both EC and coronary artery stenosis from June 2009 to August 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients received RT or CCRT with coronary artery stenosis management. Cardiac treatments often prescribed included aspirin, β-blockers, statins etc. The adverse effects, overall response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were analyzed. RESULTS:Most of the patients were 40-70 years old. There were 25 patients in the CCRT group and 28 patients in the RT group. The complete response (CR) rate was higher in the patients in the CCRT group than in those in the RT group (48.0 vs 21.4%; p=0.041). The median PFS was 15.9 months in the CCRT group and 11.6 months in the RT group (p=0.025). OS was 22.4 months in the CCRT group and 15.8 months in the RT group (p=0.013). Though adverse effects were less in the RT group, no significance differences in grade 3-4 toxicity were observed. CONCLUSION:With the appropriate of coronary artery stenosis management, RT and CCRT were both tolerable and effective in EC patients with coronary artery stenosis.
    Risk prediction nomogram for major morbidity related to primary resection for esophageal squamous cancer. Liu Xiao-Long,Wang Rong-Chun,Liu Yi-Yang,Chen Hao,Qi Chen,Hu Li-Wen,Yi Jun,Wang Wei Medicine BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:Postoperative major complications after esophageal cancer resection vary and may significantly impact long-term outcomes. This study aimed to build an individualized nomogram to predict post-esophagectomy major morbidity. METHODS:This retrospective study included 599 consecutive patients treated at a single center between January 2017 and April 2019. Of them, 420 and 179 were assigned to the model development and validation cohorts, respectively. Major morbidity predictors were identified using multiple logistic regression. Model discrimination and calibration were evaluated by validation. Regarding clinical usefulness, we examined the net benefit using decision curve analysis. RESULTS:The mean age was 64 years; 79% of the patients were male. The most common comorbidities were hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and stroke history. The 30-day postoperative major morbidity rate was 24%. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that age, smoking history, coronary heart disease, dysphagia, body mass index, operation time, and tumor size were independent risk factors for surgery-associated major morbidity. Areas under the receiver-operating characteristic curves of the development and validation groups were 0.775 (95% confidence interval, 0.721-0.829) and 0.792 (95% confidence interval, 0.709-0.874), respectively. In the validation cohort, the nomogram showed good calibration. Decision curve analysis demonstrated that the prediction nomogram was clinically useful. CONCLUSION:Morbidity models and nomograms incorporating clinical and surgical data can be used to predict operative risk for esophagectomy and provide appropriate resources for the postoperative management of high-risk patients. 10.1097/MD.0000000000026189