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Dear doctor my aunt has under gone esophagus cancer treatment & later to that she has developed a hole in esophagus . Any remedy for this conditio?

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my aunt has under gone  esophagus cancer treatment  & later to that she has developed a hole in esophagus .  Any remedy for this conditio?

Esophageal fistula ?: Most likely she the tumor that is eroding into and caused fistula, indicative of advanced cancer, non curable at this stage, various palliative measures are possible to make her comfortable at this endstage , like placing a silicone tube in side , or feeding with gastrostmy tube.And taking help from hospice care and make her life as comfortable as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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What types of treatment can be used for a diagnosis of cancer of the esophagus?

What types of treatment can be used for a diagnosis of cancer of the esophagus?

Scope and biopsy: During upper GI endoscopy and biopsy of the suspicious lesions. Also barium swallow, ct scans , pet scans , ultrasound endoscopy all add to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for cancer of the esophagus?

What are the side effects of treatment for cancer of the esophagus?

After surgery: Side effects after esophagectomy (removal of esophagus and replacement with the stomach) for cancer include weight loss, reflux, loss of appetitie, and feeling full (early satiety). Reflux is because the sphincter between the esophagus and stomach is removed. Keys to avoid those side effects are sleeping at 30 to 40 degree angle. And eating 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals. ...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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What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer ?

What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer ?

After surgery: After an esophagectomy, or removal of the esophagus for cancer, your ability to eat large meals will be diminished. You will need to eat 6 small meals a day intead of 3 large meals. You might lose your appetitie, so it is important to do scheduled eating to maintain your weight. Also you will need to avoid certain foods. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/esophagus.html. ...Read more

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Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

Can radiation treatment and chemotherapy cure esophageal cancer?

Sometimes: The two main types of esophageal cancer are adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Cure with chemotherapy and radiation alone is much more likely with squamous cell carcinoma. The exact cure rate is dependent on the stage of the cancer, but cure with just chemotherapy and radiation is rare. ...Read more

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What are possible complications from different treatment methods for esophageal cancer?

What are possible complications from different treatment methods for esophageal cancer?

Multiple: When deciding a treatment plan one aways must weigh the risks of (rate of occurance) and the impact of an complication vs the potential benefits of the treatment. Surgical complications are many. A partial list includes: anastomotic leak, vocal cord nerve injury, pneumonia, lymphatic leak, blood clots (DVT) and even death to name a few. But is surgery is possible it provide the best chance of cure. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?

Depends on stage: There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer (with a and b subtypes for some). For stage i and iia, the upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii, treatment is chemoradiation followed by surgery, or definitive chemoradiation. For stage iv, the treatment is chemotherapy, + /- radiation. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal cancer?

What's the best treatment to get rid of esophageal cancer?

Surgery: Surgery for early esophageal cancer can be curative...Modern surgical oncologists have better results in terms of less complications and some patients may need additional radiation or chemothearpy. For advanced cancers the treatment is chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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