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Have haiatal hernia, reflux. On Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 1x a day. Taking appx.3-4 mos. Get chest pains and reflux. 1/2 hr of eating. Esophageal cancer? Tums to

Have haiatal hernia, reflux. On Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 1x a day. Taking appx.3-4 mos. Get chest pains and reflux. 1/2 hr of eating. Esophageal cancer? Tums to

Endoscopy: I doubt you have esophageal cancer. Your symptoms are probably from hiatal hernia. Talk to your dr about switching to another proton pump inhibitor Prilosec or prevaci for example. If you have additional worrisome symptoms consider endoscopy.Also you may benefit from checking with your cardiologist re chest pain, just to cover all contingencies. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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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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Esophagus cancer stage 2. How to cure it completely sir? Please help me sir. Blood vomit once in a week and consistently persist chest pain.

Esophagus cancer stage 2. How to cure it completely sir? Please help me sir. Blood vomit once in a week and consistently persist chest pain.

Cancer esophagus----: I am sure the doctor in charge of his treatment has a plan of treatment which you should find out and share with us. This seems to be an early cancer which may be curable provided the best treatments are used. ...which include surgery or radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy. Tell us what the doctor has advised you to do and when is his treatment getting started??? ...Read more

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Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Please see your: Doctor as soon as possible. This is probably not esophageal cancer at your age, but black tarry stools can signify bleeding in the intestinal tract. With acid reflux symptoms and the stools, you need to rule out an ulcer that is bleeding. If you don't have your own doctor to see today, please go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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What's the signs of esophageal cancer and lung cancer. What's the chances I may have it. Main probs r spitting up little blood and constant burping?

What's the signs of esophageal cancer and lung cancer. What's the chances I may have it. Main probs r spitting up little blood and constant burping?

GI symptoms: How much a "little blood" actually is depends on many things. Simple tests can detect larger blood loss, usually not the case in the youngster. The source of the blood in a young patient is important. Is it teeth, gums, sinuses, or is it further down the line, like esophagus or stomach? A good exam and a stool blood exam is also in order. ...Read more

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If lump in throat feeling went away after a few weeks, does that rule out it being caused by esophageal cancer? History of sternum tenderness & GERD.

If lump in throat feeling went away after a few weeks, does that rule out it being caused by esophageal cancer? History of sternum tenderness & GERD.

See GI physician: The best way to rule out esophageal ca is to have an examination EGD done by a GI physician. You probably don't have cancer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a cancer patient receiving chemo/ rad to develop cancer in an unrelated area? My 64 yr old father has esophageal cancer. In preparing for surgery he had a CT scan done and a 'spot' on his lung has been detected. Biopsy is scheduled, but

Is it possible for a cancer patient receiving chemo/ rad to develop cancer in an unrelated area? My 64 yr old father has esophageal cancer. In preparing for surgery he had a CT scan done and a 'spot' on his lung has been detected. Biopsy is scheduled, but

I: I hope your father is recovering well from his treatment and that the lung spot is nothing as many of us will have spots on ct scans. Unfortunately, however, esophageal cancer often travels (e.g. Metastasizes) to the lung. Sometimes we can help determine the need for a biopsy with a pet/ct scan which is usually part of the standard pre-surgery or pre-chemo/radiation work up for patients with esophagus cancer.

The way you describe things, it sounds like the spot in the lung was found before surgery and that his doctors decided to do chemotherapy and radiation either instead of surgery or before it to try to shrink the tumor before they do an operation.

If the esophagus cancer has spread to the lung, chemotherapy by itself is the best treatment. Surgery to remove the esophagus cancer is not helpful and radiation to the esophageal tumor should probably only be done if the tumor is causing symptoms that the chemotherapy is unlikely to make better on its own. In this case a short course of radiation over about 2-3 weeks would be given to try to shrink the tumor and relieve the symptoms it is causing. This is because the cancer has spread and trying to remove it from the esophagus or kill every last cell in the esophagus tumor with high-dose radiation will probably not help the patient live longer nor help him/her have a better quality of life. Therefore, if a suspicious 'spot' is found in the lung before surgery or chemotherapy and radiation, we usually biopsy it before starting treatment to make sure we don't give someone too aggressive a treatment that is unlikely to help them much.

Very, very rarely, an otherwise healthy patient with esophageal cancer might have what we call "oligometastatic" disease. This means that the cancer has spread to only a few (usually 1-3) other organs or spots in the body. In this rare case, it might be reasonable to give a full course of chemotherapy and radiation to the esophagus tumor as long as the lung spot could be treated with a full dose of radiation at the same time.

I've also seen patients who have unfortunately had a tumor that started in the lung (lung cancer) and one that started in the esophagus (esophageal cancer) diagnosed at the same time. In this rare case, if neither of the tumors have spread to other parts of the body, it might be reasonable to treat them both with the goal of a cure. ...Read more

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Can oesophageal cancer cause chest pain and palpitations?

Varies: Chest pain: yes- referred from the esophagus. Palpitations can occur from other reasons. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer I have a lot of middle chest pain fill full all the time not much appetite?

What are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer I have a lot of middle chest pain fill full all the time not much appetite?

Problems swallowing!: Some typical symptoms are difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), "food getting stuck", abnormal weighloss, chest pain/burning, heartburn and indigestion, fatigue and others. Your symptoms are certainly abnormal and need an appropriate work up immediately. Contact your doctor to evaluate for other causes as well like heart, lung, blood, lymph system diseases. ...Read more

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Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: You can get chest pain from pleurisy associated with the pneumonia. That would be the most common cause for chest pain, together with muscle sprain from coughing. Of course, if you are concerned about cancer, get checked! ...Read more

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If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

Many causes of Pain: Pain in the chest can be caused by many different reasons. Lung cancer can be one of these but it will often produce other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If a chest X-ray is normal then you are not likely to have any tumor in your lungs. Other reasons to exclude is Angina (although it is a disease of the older people) or muscular pain (this is the most likely reason). Such pains go ...Read more

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If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

NO: The size may influence pain; however, the pleura sac around the lungs has multiple nerve endings. Size is not necessarily the issue. ...Read more

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Could cancer cause severe left upper back/shoulder and chest pain. When cardiac and GI has been ruled out? Family history of cancer.

Could cancer cause severe left upper back/shoulder and chest pain. When cardiac and GI has been ruled out? Family history of cancer.

See a doctor: While cancer is a potential cause of pain, it is certainly not the only reason. If you have unexplained pain you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can a oesophageal ulcer turn in to cancer without treatment IV been having a lot of middle chest pain what are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer?

Can a oesophageal ulcer turn in to cancer without treatment IV been having a lot of middle chest pain what are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer?

Possible: Any chronic ulcer has the propensity to turn into cancer. Symptoms of esophageal cancer from none to severe dysphasia- difficulty swallowing, odynophagia- pain on swallowing. ...Read more

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I am 25. 5 yrs smoking history but quit it 3 mnths ago. Coughing brown phelgm & chest pain sometime. Is it lung cancer or lung cancer possible at 25?

Unlikely: Lung cancer takes quite a while to develop. Your lungs are just clearing out the leftover garbage left down in there from smoking. This is pretty common. Congratulations on quitting smoking - probably the BEST thing you could ever do for your health! ...Read more

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I have chest pain in the center, when ibow down. It is rare and it doesn't happen when I breathe. I have painin the back, like a circle. Is it lung cancer?

I have chest pain in the center, when ibow down. It is rare and it doesn't happen when I breathe. I have painin the back, like a circle. Is it lung cancer?

Unlikely: The pains that you feel need to be evaluated for what is causing them. Lung cancer is usually initially without much pain except for irritation of airway maybe but are found most of the time accidentally when looking for other things or as part of screening. Look at your risks for it and be screened and look for causes of the pain. If they happen to correlate then you find out. ...Read more

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I have off on chest pain for 3 months. I am 38 years old female. I have in last 2 weeks I have lost 4kg. In last two weeks my upper back is hurting me badly and today coughing. Lung cancer?? ex smoker

I have off on chest pain for 3 months. I am 38 years old female. I have in last 2 weeks I have lost 4kg. In last two weeks my upper back is hurting me badly and today coughing. Lung cancer?? ex smoker

Chest X-Ray.: People your age (38) do get lung cancer, although it is unusual. But your symptoms are concerning for other things, including pneumonia or infection. With sudden weight loss, cough, and upper back pain, you need to see a doctor for an examination. Soon. Your doctor will probably order a chest X-ray. Don't let fear of cancer keep you from going in! Let us know what your doctor says. Feel better! ...Read more

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Can renal cancer cause headaches and chest pain with pain in the arm? Seen lots of doctors not really getting any answers. The headaches are bad!

Can renal cancer cause headaches and chest pain with pain in the arm? Seen lots of doctors not really getting any answers. The headaches are bad!

Needs evaluation: You have to make sure there are no brain metastasis, so have brain ct scan done. If patient is on chemo, that may be the cause of headaches too. ...Read more

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19 years old. Smoking for 7 mnths. 3-4 cigarettes daily. Got nausea, swallowing difficulty, slight chest pain, fullness. Left side sensations. Cancer?

More like reflux: It usually takes decades for your smoking to give you cancer. However, every time you light up you put chemicals into your body that prevent your stomach entrance from closing all the way. When the food mixes some of it squirts back up your swallow tube and acid burns it. Quit, or take an antacid, or both. You'll feel better. ...Read more

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Hello. I'm 22 years old. I smoked for 1year and quit it. My serum IgE is 307. for3 days I'm feeling out of breath, fatigue and chest pain. Is it cancer?

It is unlikely that: You have cancer but you will need to be examined and have additional lab testing to determine the nature of your illness. See a health care provider as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is chest pain a common symptom of lung cancer if cancer is causing pain how big would a tumor have to be and what is the likelihood of showing on xray?

Here is my guidance: Chest pain can be caused from many causes, lung cancer is not the first thing that should come to your mind. If the pain has been present for more than one week and your concern is cancer, a Chest X-ray will show it easily. But you should go see a doctor first in case your pain is persistent for >1 week.. ...Read more

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Recently my mom had lung cancer. Today she was taken to the hospital after some chest pain and there seems to be some fluids in her lungs (i think it?

Pleural Effusions: Hi, it sounds like you may be asking where this fluid is coming from. Pleural effusions can come from different sources. It is possible that cancer or recurrence and spread of cancer can cause a pleural effusion. However, they can also come from infections, heart failure and liver failure to name some other possibilities. A full eval is warranted and may require draining and testing the fluid. ...Read more

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I'm 43 non smoker just worried about lung cancer with a 3 on sed blood test CBC test good X-ray was clear with chest pain is lung cancer a worry?

I'm 43 non smoker just worried about lung cancer with a 3 on sed blood test CBC test good X-ray was clear with chest pain is lung cancer a worry?

Are you: Referring to the ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)? A value of 3 mm/hr is normal. Even if it was elevated, the ESR is a very nonspecific indicator of inflammation and other pathology, and could be elevated for numerous reasons. You are relatively young and a non smoker, the chances that your pain is due to lung cancer are extremely miniscule. ...Read more

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Esophageal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions arising in the esophagus that are considered potentially malignant until biopsied. As they grow they cause swallowing problems and bleed. Treated ...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