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Pre-op chemo causes tumour to shrink

Southampton researchers have revealed that oesophagael cancer patients are benefiting from chemotherapy before an operation to remove their tumour than originally thought.

For patients, this could mean an increased chance of survival or lengthening the time before their cancer returns.

Southampton University researchers have looked at the records of more than 200 patients with the special type of cancer known as adenocarcinoma treated at Southampton General Hospital.

Previous research shows that giving chemotherapy before surgery can benefit patients by causing their tumours to shrink.