Clinical and translational advances in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

Zachary Wilmer Reichenbach, Mary Grace Murray, Reshu Saxena, Daniel Farkas, Erika G. Karassik, Alena Klochkova, Kishan Patel, Caitlin Tice, Timothy M. Hall, Julie Gang, Henry P. Parkman, Sarah J. Ward, Marie Pier Tétreault*, Kelly A. Whelan

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Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is among the most deadly forms of human malignancy characterized by late stage diagnosis, metastasis, therapy resistance and frequent recurrence. Clinical management of ESCC remains challenging and the disease presently lacks approved targeted therapeutics. However, emerging data from recent clinical and translational investigations hold great promise for future progress toward improving patient outcomes in this deadly disease. Here, we review current clinical perspectives in ESCC epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical care, highlighting recent advances with potential to impact ESCC prevention, diagnosis and management. We further provide an overview of recent translational investigations contributing to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying ESCC development, progression and therapy response, including insights gained from genetic studies and various murine model systems. Finally, we discuss future perspectives in the clinical and translational realms, along with remaining hurdles that must be overcome to eradicate ESCC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cancer Research
EditorsKenneth D. Tew, Paul B. Fisher
PublisherAcademic Press Inc
Number of pages41
ISBN (Print)9780128171554
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Cancer Research
ISSN (Print)0065-230X
ISSN (Electronic)2162-5557


  • Clinical
  • Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
  • Esophagus
  • Mouse models
  • Pathogenesis
  • Therapy
  • Translational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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