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What are the symptoms of cancer of the esophagus or stomach?

What are the symptoms of cancer of the esophagus or stomach?

Difficulty swallowin: Cardinal sign of esophagus cancer, weight loss. Associated with alcohol and smoking. Stomach cancer can begin as an ulcer, with heart burn, indigestion, belching, unusually vomiting blood, but slow ooze can lead to anemai, fatigue, weight loss. ...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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Why does a person with cancer in the esophagus, stomach and liver lose their balance?

Why does a person with cancer in the esophagus, stomach and liver lose their balance?

Seek help fm Oncolog: There can be more than one reasons. Your doctor can figure this out better since he/she knows more about your Cancer and your labs. Make sure that you are not anemic (low Hb level). Also some chemo drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy. Tumor can also get to the brain although it is uncommon with this type of Cancer. ...Read more

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Is stomach cancer similar to the cancer of the esophagus?

Is stomach cancer similar to the cancer of the esophagus?

Not exactly: Stomach cancer and esophageal cancers are different. But a stomach cancer sometimes can be located right near the esophagus too. The type of cancer cells can be similar in both cancers, but esophagus cancer calls can also be a different type. They are generally treated differently with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and would need different type of surgery too. ...Read more

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If a person quits drinking after several years of drinking and does not have cancer of the esophagus or stomach, what is the benefit related to cancer risk if the person is 40 years of age?

If a person quits drinking after several years of drinking and does not have cancer of the esophagus or stomach, what is the benefit related to cancer risk if the person is 40 years of age?

See below: You can reduce your risk of these cancers by: limiting alcohol, stop smoking, avoid high salt processed foods, avoid all processed lunch meats with "nitrites" on the label, eats lots of organic fruits and veggies, Limit meat fish or chicken to 2-3 times a week. Exercise and avoid obesity. Additional risk reduction by going mostly vegetarian or vegan. See checklists. Http://bit. Ly/1hKZ4wy ...Read more

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Could a 17 yr old get cancer in the esophagus, stomach, or colon?

Could a 17 yr old get cancer in the esophagus, stomach, or colon?

It would be...: ...Extremely unlikely but not impossible. Carriers of certain inherited tratits such as fap can have cancer at ridiculously young age. Address this with your doc and see if your family history is suspicious for one of these conditions. Also, that young man/lady should strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle: good eating, exercise, no tobacco, limited alcohol, safe sex, etc. ...Read more

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What percentage of patients with any type any quantity of intestinal metaplasia of the stomach or esophagus ever advance to cancer?

What percentage of patients with any type any quantity of intestinal metaplasia of the stomach or esophagus ever advance to cancer?

Intestinal metaplasi: Depends on type of metaplasia, also if H pylori positive (please get checked and treated) Metaplasia can be reversed with eradication of H pylori and reduction of risk factors-high salt intake, alcohol, smoking, bile acid reflux as may adding Vit C antioxidants to diet.. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC1773527/. From 0.1% to 0.9% (1/1000 to 9/1000) progress. ...Read more

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If a person has cancer (of any kind), like stomach, or esophagus, will their blood tests at a checkup be great & normal? OR show indication of sickness?

If a person has cancer (of any kind), like stomach, or esophagus, will their blood tests at a checkup be great & normal? OR show indication of sickness?

Blood test may be: Normal. Blood tests usually do not detect cancers. Secondary effects of cancer may show in a blood test, such as anemia. A normal regular blood tests does not rule out cancer and an abnormal test does not mean cancer. Each cancer has its own diagnostic tests, and most require a biopsy reading by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Survival chances of my brother with esophagus cancer leading to jaundice. Water accumulates in the stomach which needs to be removed daily?

Survival chances of my brother with esophagus cancer leading to jaundice. Water accumulates in the stomach which needs to be removed daily?

Bleak: Esophagus cancer does have a survival/cure rate but only when it is localised to the esophagus and treated aggressive at that time. Once it spreads outside into the abdomen or liver, then it is far advanced and rarely curable. It looks like your brother has very late stage disease now, so it is unlikely that he has much time left especailly if has already gone through the regular treatments.. ...Read more

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Carcinomas (colon, esophageal, stomach cancers) cause a fever?

Carcinomas (colon, esophageal, stomach cancers) cause a fever?

Not usually: Fever is often a symptom of certain cancers, such as lymphomas, but not often of carcinomas. It is possible, however. More often, depressed immunity from cancer or cancer treatment leads to an infection which causes fever. ...Read more

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If ascites is severe enough to make lying in bed extremely uncomfortable should we go to the emergency room? Diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread to the abdomen. Ascites causing extreme discomfort. He took his pain meds and still cannot lay

If ascites is severe enough to make lying in bed extremely uncomfortable should we go to the emergency room? Diagnosed with esophageal cancer that has spread to the abdomen. Ascites causing extreme discomfort. He took his pain meds and still cannot lay

When: When ascites causes abdominal discomfort or pain it is generally accepted that enough fluid fluid should be removed from the abdomen for comfort.

More importantly, evaluation of the abdomen to ensure that there has not been a colon or esophageal rupture is vitally important. Evaluation for infection causing the accumulation of fluid is also part of the evaluation. The sooner the patient is diagnosed with a potential infection or rupture, the sooner treatment can begin.

Extreme discomfort to the point of not being able to lye down would be considered a medical emergency and urgent evaluation should occur. If you are unsure, someone should be on call for your oncologist. Calling them in these type of situations can be very helpful as they can direct you specifically where to go and coordinate your care. ...Read more

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31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

Treat the GERD: If the GERD is treated properly with antacids, there is very little risk of developing Barretts. There is very remote if any chance of developing Gastric Cancer. So youc an relax and take your PPIs as needed to keep the heart burn under full control. You may ahve to take PPIS for a long time. But you can get the Cancer fear out of your mind. You may need Upper endoscopy every 10 years to look fo ...Read more

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Why do esophageal cancer patients have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

Why do esophageal cancer patients have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

To avoid stomach: When your esophagus is removed due to cancer (esophagectomy) in order to eat again, your stomach may be used to replace your esophagus (stomach conduit). Therefore you want to avoid any surgery that may compromise the use of the stomach as a conduit. Therefore a feeding tube would be placed in the small bowel or jejunum. This is called a "j" tube. ...Read more

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Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?

Better tolerated: Two major reasons. First, the stomach is the preferred organ substitute for esophageal cancer surgery, and second, duodenal feedings are generally better tolerated, and are associated with less reflux. ...Read more

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My friends father was dx today with a large malignant tumor (adenocarcinoma) of the stomach. He has been in remission for a year for esophageal cancer?

My friends father was dx today with a large malignant tumor (adenocarcinoma) of the stomach. He has been in remission for a year for esophageal cancer?

Tumor: He needs to continue conventional treatment. Consider complementary treatments such as nutritional therapy. See the books by Patrick Quillan, PhD for that. "Radical Remission" by Kelly Turner is a good book about what people do who survive dire prognoses. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can stomach orr esophogus cancer be detectected via abdominal CT scan?

Can stomach orr esophogus cancer be detectected via abdominal CT scan?

Cancer: Usually start with a barium esophageal with fluoroscopy. Other imaging studies may indicated, i.e. CT or MRi with contrast. Endoscopy/biopsy indicated if suspicious findings. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a 24 year old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

How likely is it that a 24 year old like myself would have colon, esophageal, or stomach cancer due to gerd- acid reflux?

Not but: It's not likely but it is possible. Why are you thinking of these? Need more info to be able to help you. Definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had GERD for 17 yrs. My stomach feels like its on fire. Throat burns. Possibility of esophageal cancer? What should I do to keep the sensation down?

I had GERD for 17 yrs. My stomach feels like its on fire. Throat burns. Possibility of esophageal cancer? What should I do to keep the sensation down?

Barrett's esophagus: If you are young with reflux your entire life, you need to be on medication. You will also benefit from egd, a scope to directly visualize your esophagus and stomach. There are several possible problems that need to be evaluated, treated and followed, cancer is only one of them. Be well, take family with you to see your doc. ...Read more

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S I've been feeling like food is getting stuck in my esophagus. I am panicking that it is esophageal cancer. Is this likely?

S I've been feeling like food is getting stuck in my esophagus. I am panicking that it is esophageal cancer. Is this likely?

Probably not, but: By age, unless there is some family or ethnic history (eg. You were not born and raised in wi), highly improbable. But you should have it evaluated. A barium swallow or esophagoscopy will help diagnose this condition. Talk to your primary care or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Stage 4 cancer of the esophagus survival rate? Any hope?

Poor: Unfortunately, stage 4 cancer of the esophagus has a very poor prognosis. Most will not survive a year, even with chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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I was told I had barretts esophagus and now its cancer. What is treatment?

I was told I had barretts esophagus and now its cancer. What is treatment?

Depends on stage: For stage i-iia esophageal cancer, upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii therapy is either chemoradiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iv, treatment is chemotherapy +/- irradiation. ...Read more

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My surgery got rescheduled as my doctor is on jury duty today, does anyone know how fast cancer of the esophagus will spread?

My surgery got rescheduled as my doctor is on jury duty today, does anyone know how fast cancer of the esophagus will spread?

Days to weeks ok: There is no evidence that postponing surgery a few days to weeks will decrease the cure rate from surgery. Obviously, waiting several months is not recommended unless undergoing preoperative chemotherapy or radiation. ...Read more

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I'm scared of esophagus cancer can my pain from swallowing be that even though I had upper endoscopy 11 months ago and everything was normal?

Unlikely: You are young, had normal endoscopy 11 month ago? You may have pain from reflux, heartburn. I do recommend to stop smoking and alcohol use if applicable, and if symptoms continue see GI surgeon, who can repeat endoscopy, do a pH probe, or other esophageal studies if needed. ...Read more

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Told Barrett's esophagus no dysplasia x 1y ago.1 year EGD next mo. Then every 3 yrs. Could this have already turned 2 Cancer in 1y? So scared & anxious

Told Barrett's esophagus no dysplasia x 1y ago.1 year EGD next mo. Then every 3 yrs. Could this have already turned 2 Cancer in 1y? So scared & anxious

Hopefully not: 32 year old lady with concern regarding Barrett's esophagus. I understand your concern. The best you can do is follow your physician's advice and treatment. We are lucky to be able to have EGD for surveillance and you caught it early- that is an excellent prognostic indicator. Please see MD to manage your anxiety because it can affect how you are treated by others even during treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have on and off chest pain not really severe just annoying. No other symptoms besides chest pain more in the middle to right can it be my acid reflux or worse stuff like cancer in my esophagus?

I have on and off chest pain not really severe just annoying. No other symptoms besides chest pain more in the middle to right can it be my acid reflux or worse stuff like cancer in my esophagus?

Reflux NOT Cancer.: If chest pain is worse with movement, with Deep Breathing, with Pressure on the Chest = can be inflammation called CostoChondritis; Rx with Local Heat and Ice application or Anti Inflammatory medicine Ointment.
If Heart burn after eating or sour taste associated with Annoying Chest pain could be from Reflux. Try OTC Pepcid (famotidine) or Omeprazole for 2 to 4 weeks.
See your MD if not better with above Rx ...Read more

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Can bulemics get cancer of the esophagus.?

Reflux: Smoking and alcohol excess are risks for esophageal cancer. Bulemia, induced vomiting, is not an identified risk. ...Read more

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Cancer of the esophagus is it a slow or fast grower?

Depends: The exact type of malignancy in your esophagus helps to project the rate of growth. ...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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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

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

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