Imaging biomarkers for the treatment of esophageal cancer

Koichi Hayano, Gaku Ohira, Atsushi Hirata, Tomoyoshi Aoyagi, Shunsuke Imanishi, Toru Tochigi, Toshiharu Hanaoka, Kiyohiko Shuto, Hisahiro Matsubara
World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG 2019 June 28, 25 (24): 3021-3029
Esophageal cancer is known as one of the malignant cancers with poor prognosis. To improve the outcome, combined multimodality treatment is attempted. On the other hand, advances in genomics and other "omic" technologies are paving way to the patient-oriented treatment called "personalized" or "precision" medicine. Recent advancements of imaging techniques such as functional imaging make it possible to use imaging features as biomarker for diagnosis, treatment response, and prognosis in cancer treatment. In this review, we will discuss how we can use imaging derived tumor features as biomarker for the treatment of esophageal cancer.

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