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Esophageal Cancer Patients Feeding Tube Inserted 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Any ideas why a person with esophageal cancer will have a feeding tube inserted into the duodenum instead of the stomach?
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
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. A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My husband is currently eating through a feeding tube (peg) inserted in stomach, I need professional advice on how it should be handled?
PEG tube handling: Everyone's different, based on reasons the peg tube was placed, duration of anticipated use, calorie requirements of the patient, patency of stomach outlet & the rate of GI functioning/motility, patient's tolerance to commercial feedings; feeding schedule (continuous versus bolus feeds), device used (button, traditional, etc.); & ? Oral supplements permitted. Best to speak with your husband's doc. ...Read more
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