A 35-year-old member asked:
what are the stages of advanced esophageal cancer a patient will have to go through?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not nice: Local growth may prevent swallowing even one's own saliva. The idea of gastric tube feeding seems a solution, but prolongs a life of suffering. Esophca can also metastasize. Weight loss, energy loss, weakness, dehydration. Palliative care and hospice help minimize suffering and focus on symptom relief.
Answered on Jun 30, 2012
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