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What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer ?

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Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
After surgery: After an esophagectomy, or removal of the esophagus for cancer, your ability to eat large meals will be diminished. You will need to eat 6 small meals a day intead of 3 large meals. You might lose your appetitie, so it is important to do scheduled eating to maintain your weight. Also you will need to avoid certain foods. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/esophagus.html.
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Ca Esophagus: Ca esophagus surgery is very involved. Usually there are life style changes after surgery. The rate of complications is very high.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends on stage: There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer (with a and b subtypes for some). For stage i and iia, the upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii, treatment is chemoradiation followed by surgery, or definitive chemoradiation. For stage iv, the treatment is chemotherapy, + /- radiation.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is surgery the best treatment for esophageal cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Maybe: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. In the patient in poor physical condition, chemoradiotherapy without surgery.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is surgery the only effective treatment for esophageal cancer?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
No: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. In the patient in poor physical condition, chemoradiotherapy without surgery.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal cancer?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Surgery: Surgery for early esophageal cancer can be curative...Modern surgical oncologists have better results in terms of less complications and some patients may need additional radiation or chemothearpy. For advanced cancers the treatment is chemotherapy +/- radiation.
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
After being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you need to undergo complete staging, which includes an EGD , EUS, and PET scan. Based on that information, your age and medical condition, than a plan to treat can be developed. Multimodality threapy is recommended today; that means chemotherapy, radiation and surgery all play a role. It's best to be seen at a center with expertise in all three.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Unlikely: Cancer of the esophagus that has invaded is seldom cured, and surgery is the usual means. There is talk of occasional cures by very aggressive radiotherapy in people who cannot be operated. Chemotherapy is an adjunctive or palliative treatment for this cruel illness. Early cancer or precancer that may be seen in a barrett's esophagus is often cured easily. Good luck and thanks for asking.

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