Research News from British Journal of Surgery
The surgery needed to remove throat tumours is severe and often involves drawing the stomach higher into the chest cavity. Before surgeons embark on this risky procedure they need to believe that the patient has a good chance of benefiting from the operation.
Endoscopic ultrasonography is a fairly new technique, and so far there has been relatively little use of it in the UK. But a study of 150 patients with throat cancer found that using endoscopic ultrasound examinations helped doctors form a more accurate diagnosis of the status of a throat tumour than other techniques such as CT scans and tissue biopsies. The findings are published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Surgery.
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