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Esophageal Cancer Esophagus Disorders
Esophageal cancer is cancer of the esophagus, which is a muscular tube-like structure that connects the throat to the stomach. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, vomiting, and coughing. Long standing heartburn may lead to changes in the tissue of the esophagus that is associated with higher risk of cancer. Tobacco and alcohol ...Read more
Yes: The major disorder is the inability to swallow food or liquid comfortably. Esophageal cancer is generally circumferential, like a doughnut. The hole or the lumen becomes smaller as the cancer grows, making it difficult for food and then liquid to pass through. This is called dysphagia. It can be treated with radiation, placing a stent or surgery with removal and replacement of the esophagus. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Increased risk: With barrett's esophagus, you have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. Therefor an individual should be in a endoscipic surveillance program. If the barrett's progresses to high grade dysplasia, then the risk of cancer is so high, then the high grade dysplasia needs to be treated either with endoscopic techniques or esophagectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does taking omeprazole (40mg) every day decrease chances that Barrett's esophagus will turn into esophageal cancer? And does diet have an impact ?
Helps prevent more: For those who have Barrett’s esophagus, treatment with a high dose of a PPI might lower the risk of developing cell changes (dysplasia) that can turn into cancer. Eating a healthy diet and staying at a healthy weight are also important. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may help protect against esophageal cancer. Obesity has been linked with esophageal cancer as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Acid reflux is not clearly a cause of esophageal cancer. But there is an association of reflux (acid and non-acid) to barrett's esophagus/adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. There are other types of esophageal cancers, which may or may not be related to reflux. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a 55 yo F living in WA and have Barrett's esophagus. Would marijuana use 2-4x/year increase chance of esophageal cancer?
No: there is no evidence that marijuana usage increases the risk of esophageal cancer. It would be even less likely, given the infrequent nature of your usage. You should follow your anti-reflux regimen closely though, given that you have Barrett's esophagus. If you're overly concerned about the marijuana smoke, you could consider vaporization or edibles....Good luck. ...Read more
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