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What are possible complications from different treatment methods for esophageal cancer?

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Dr. Jess Schwartz
Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
Multiple: When deciding a treatment plan one aways must weigh the risks of (rate of occurance) and the impact of an complication vs the potential benefits of the treatment. Surgical complications are many. A partial list includes: anastomotic leak, vocal cord nerve injury, pneumonia, lymphatic leak, blood clots (DVT) and even death to name a few. But is surgery is possible it provide the best chance of cure.
Thoracic Surgery 50 years experience
Here are some. : With surgical treatment via thoracotomy, postoperative incision pain is assured and can be controlled with analgesics. Gastric pull-up procedure will limit the natural esophago-gastric physiology and can cause early satiety, belching, burping, nausea and vomiting. With judicious eating habits, these can be minimized. The trade-off is that cancer is removed depending upon the stage of disease.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Concur: Concur with drschwartz. These links may aid you: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/treatment and http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/coping-side-effects.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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