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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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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What are the stages of advanced esophageal cancer a patient will have to go through?

What are the stages of advanced esophageal cancer a patient will have to go through?

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. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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

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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How much time for esophageal cancer to narrow tube to 6mm with breathing issues? My father gone 2 months after diagnosis. How long did he have tumor?

How much time for esophageal cancer to narrow tube to 6mm with breathing issues? My father gone 2 months after diagnosis. How long did he have tumor?

Can be quick: Depends on level involved depends on which type of cancer these are very sneaky! and do not present early in their growth. By the time symptoms, they are advanced, spread to adjoining bronchus, nodes, and metastasize. Sorry, terrible disease with short survival even when caught. ...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
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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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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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6 mo ago Barrett's esophagus EGD.Have pain in center abdomen.&RUQ.Could esophageal cancer been missed? 31 y/oHIDA nml, abdom u/s nml, Cbc,CMP,EGD nml

It can: Barrett need to be biopsies to rule out any dysphasia and to make sure there is no pre cancer changes so if you did have Bx then it is hard to miss. Your pain most likely secondary to esophageal spasm that will cause severe chest pain and abdominal pain . Take anti reflux medicine religiously avoid the bad food and ask for surgical referral to treat reflux ...Read more

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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


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