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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
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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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Is esophageal cancer fast growing?

Is esophageal cancer fast growing?

Probably: Depending on what you consider fast..Needs to be treated within very few weeks of diagnosis. ...Read more

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How painful can esophageal cancer be?

Not at all, to very: Bad disease. Often no symptoms until well established. May have no heartburn. May have painful swallowing, and/or difficulty swallowing_ often progressive from solids to chopped, to liquids. Can cause pain, especially with spread. ...Read more

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Symptoms of esophageal cancer common?

Symptoms of esophageal cancer common?

Difficulty and/or: Pain on swallowing, leading to weight loss. Commonly associated with tobacco and alcohol use, now prevalent in overweight individuals with reflux. ...Read more

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How can you get an esophageal cancer?

How can you get an esophageal cancer?

Two types: Adenocarcinoma: caused by acid reflux squamous cell carcinoma: caused by alcohol, smoking, previous radiation, nitrosamines, achalasia, caustic ingestion, chaga's disease, previous head and neck cancer. ...Read more

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How can you develop esophageal cancer?

How can you develop esophageal cancer?

Depends on the type: Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus for the most part is casued by smoking, consuming alcohol, nitrosamines, such as pickled foods and smoked meats. Adenocarcinoma is casued by acid reflux, which can lead to injury of the lining of the esophagus, causing barrett's metaplasia. Barrett's can lead to low grade, then high grade dysplasia, and finally esophageal adenocarcinoma. ...Read more

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How fast-growing is esophageal cancer?

How fast-growing is esophageal cancer?

Slow or Fast: It can be slow or fast, but generally its a slow process. Esophageal cancer tends to be circumferential, like a donut. As it grows, the hole or lumen becomes smaller, and can make it diffiult for food, then liquids to pass through. The diamter of your esophagus can get as narrow as 6mm (18french) before one gets symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the age range for esophageal cancer?

What is the age range for esophageal cancer?

Older individuals: Esophageal cancer is most common after the age of 50. Smoking and alcohol intake are associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer. ...Read more

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Help please! is esophageal cancer hereditary?

Help please! is esophageal cancer hereditary?

Possibly: There is growing data linking some esophageal cancers to mutations in her-2-neu cell receptor (protein). Mutations in this receptor may be hereditary. ...Read more

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Are there stages of advanced esophageal cancer?

Are there stages of advanced esophageal cancer?

Esophageal cancer: Like most cancers esophageal cancer staging also depends on depth of tumor, nodal involvement and metastasis. Advance stage means deeper, larger tumor, nodal involvement and presence of distant metastasis. ...Read more

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What number of people survive esophageal cancer?

What number of people survive esophageal cancer?

About 40%: Esophageal Ca survival depends on type of tumor and extent of disease when defined. Transesophageal ultra sound is helpful in defining extent of tumor invasion into the wall as well as nodes. PET/CAT looks for distant spread. Pretreatment with RT and chemo followed by surgery in Stage I disease gives about 40-50% five year survival. ...Read more

Dr. David Cooke
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Esophageal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions arising in the esophagus that are considered potentially malignant until biopsied. As they grow they cause swallowing problems and bleed. Treated ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more