Stent insertion for palliation of advanced oesophageal carcinoma symptoms by level of socioeconomic disadvantage in urban New South Wales

Jason P Bentley, David E Goldsbury, Guy D Eslick, Michael R Cox and Dianne L O’Connell
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11445
Published online: 3 June 2013

To the Editor: For patients with advanced oesophageal carcinoma, palliation of debilitating symptoms such as dysphagia and odynophagia is important for improving quality of life.1 Owing to the possibility of complications, it is generally recommended that stents be used as a palliative measure when expected survival is less than 3 months.2 We analysed linked records from the NSW Central Cancer Registry, the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection, NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages death registrations data and Australian Bureau of Statistics mortality data to investigate the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and palliation of advanced (stage IV) oesophageal carcinoma symptoms by stent insertion in urban-dwelling patients in New South Wales, from July 2001 to December 2007. The study was approved by the NSW Population and Health Services Research Ethics Committee.

  • Jason P Bentley1
  • David E Goldsbury2
  • Guy D Eslick3
  • Michael R Cox3
  • Dianne L O’Connell2

  • 1 NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program, Ministry of Health, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Cancer Research Division, Cancer Council NSW, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 Whiteley-Martin Research Centre, Nepean Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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