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Doctor insights on: How Can I Tell Whether I Have Esophagitis Or Esophageal Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
4,224 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

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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What to do if I have esophagitis, am i at risk of having esophageal cancer?

What to do if I have esophagitis, am i at risk of having esophageal cancer?

Yes: Barrett, s esophagus and esophagitis are significant risks. In others with hiatal hernia, or strictures with the reflux and irritation can be followed by irritated cells and malignancy. ...Read more

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How likely would it be to hav esophageal cancer only 8 months after an egd that showed mild chronic esophagitis?

How likely would it be to hav esophageal cancer only 8 months after an egd that showed mild chronic esophagitis?

Low likelyhood: The period of time is probably too short to develop even premalignant conditions in the epithelium of the esophagus. However, if you have symptoms that concern you, discuss this with your primary care provider or with the gastroenterologist who did the procedure. Do you have chest pain, post-meal pain, hoarseness, bitter taste, sore throat, difficulty swallowing. Could be reflux disease. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Cachexia: Cannot eat weight loss cachexia saliva overflow aspiration weakness pain miserable I am sorry to say. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

Get scoped: Symptoms cannot usually differentiate these entities until esophageal cancer is far advanced. If you have had gerd symptoms for a few years, upper endoscopy may be indicated. Consult with a gastroenterologist or surgeon. ...Read more

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S i've been feeling like food is getting stuck in my esophagus. I am panicking that it is esophageal cancer. Is this likely?

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 more

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Can you cure esophageal cancer?

Can you cure esophageal cancer?

It depends: Esophageal cancer can be cured if it is caught early. The prognosis depends largely on the stage of disease. Lower stage disease which is more localized is more easily cured. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Esophageal Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Gloria Fong
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Esophagitis (Definition)

Esophagitis is an inflamed esophagus. There are many causes including gerd (reflux) and infections (candida). Treatment is aimed ...Read more