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Can you tell me about esophagus cancer?

Can you tell me about esophagus cancer?

Your question: ..Is important but too broad to properly answer here. I would suggest you log in to the american cancer society and the national cancer institute websites (cancer.Org and cancer.Net). ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Does barrett's esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus?

Does barrett's esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus?

It can: Barrett's esophagus increases the risk for developing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Patients with barrett's esophagus should be in an endoscopic surveillance program. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of getting cancer of the esophagus?

Depends: Unfortunately, patients with esophageal cancer are often asymptomatic until the disease is advanced. The most common presenting symptom is dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Patients often describe solid food getting "stuck" on the way down. This is often associated with weight loss. ...Read more

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Do you know anyone who has survived cancer of the esophagus?

Do you know anyone who has survived cancer of the esophagus?

Yes: Like most cancers if they are discovered early they can be cured. ...Read more

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I have barrett's esophagus, do I have a greater risk for cancer

I have barrett's esophagus, do I have a greater risk for cancer

Yes: Barrett's esophagus is associated with a higher risk of cancer, specifically esophageal adenocarcinoma. However, the risk is still low, and most people with this condition do not develop cancer (less than 1%). Caucasion males who smoke are classically the ones with the highest risk. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/barretts/#3. ...Read more

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I think i may have cancer of the esophagus. How do I get it checked?

I think i may have cancer of the esophagus. How do I get it checked?

Common concern: Is difficulty swallowing, particularly with meat or doughy foods like a bagel, but usually it is there all the time. An esophageal spasm can mimic this, and be quite uncomfortable. You may need imaging and endoscopy. Go to a center that has endosopic ultrasoound. I've had spasms and have been scoped twice. Go and be sure. ...Read more

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Is cancer of the esophagus bad? You need your esophagus to eat and live, right?

Perhaps/no: The severity of esophageal cancer - as most cancers- depends on the stage (extent of spread). Limited disease has a better prognosis. You can live without an esophagus as the stomach is surgically brought up into the chest to allow food to enter the digestive tract. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more