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Successful curative surgery for postoperative oesophageal recurrence of oesophagogastric junction cancer
  1. Masahiko Ikebe,
  2. Nobuhide Kubo,
  3. Seiichi Fukuyama and
  4. Tokujiro Yano
  1. Surgery, Beppu Medical Center, Beppu, Oita, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Masahiko Ikebe; ikebe.masahiko.nkcc{at}


A man in his 70s had undergone total gastrectomy for oesophagogastric junction cancer. Three years and 11 months later, he began to vomit after meals and was diagnosed with mediastinal recurrence of oesophagogastric junction cancer. A CT scan showed that the tumour was suspected of infiltrating the aorta and lung. He received two cycles of chemotherapy with S-1 plus cisplatin, resulting in tumour reduction. The patient underwent resection of the lower oesophagus, including the tumour, the left lower lobe of the lung and the pericardium through a left thoracoabdominal incision. This is the first report of a patient surgically resected for postoperative oesophageal recurrence of oesophagogastric junction cancer. Although most postoperative recurrences of oesophagogastric junction cancer are far advanced at the time of diagnosis and prognosis is poor, chemotherapy followed by surgery may improve the prognosis of patients with locoregional recurrence.

  • oncology
  • gastric cancer
  • oesophageal cancer
  • gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors MI and NK planned the treatment policy and TY supervised. MI, NK and SF performed the surgery. MI wrote the manuscript in consultation with NK and SF. NK assisted in the preparation of the manuscript. TY critically reviewed the manuscript. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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