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How long does it take for squamous esophageal cancers to develop to tumor size 5 cm?

How long does it take for squamous esophageal cancers to develop to tumor size 5 cm?

Not easy: To answer. Esophagus cancer can develop over years or months. Prior strictures, chronic irritations and alcohol and tobacco are associated in squamous cancer, and reflux closer linked to reflux and barrett's, but the time course and precursors are not predicable. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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How long does it take esophageal cancer to grow?

How long does it take esophageal cancer to grow?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years.
Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer

http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to progress to stage 4 esophageal cancer?

How long does it take to progress to stage 4 esophageal cancer?

Depends: Unfortunately esophageal cancer is an aggressive one but if u catch it early it has a better chance of not recurring. It all depends on the primary stage of the disease. Stage I is good. Higher stages have more chances of recurring. Every cancer is unique and u should discuss your particular case prognosis with your oncologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take for esophageal cancer to grow so much that it's inoperable?

How long does it take for esophageal cancer to grow so much that it's inoperable?

Depends on the stage: There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer. Stage i-iii can be considered operable if the patient is of good physical condition. Tumor growing through the esophagus and into surrounding lymph nodes (regional) would be stage iii and still potentially operable. Tumor involving unresectable structures like the heart or bone, or that have metastastasized to distant organs (like brain) are inoperable. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a barium swallow x-ray in February, which was normal. Now having some minor issues. Also coughing some blood stained sputum, Is it possible for Esophageal cancer to be advanced now 10 months later. How long does it take to develop. Thanks.

Hi, I had a barium swallow x-ray in February, which was normal. Now having some minor issues. Also coughing some blood stained sputum, Is it possible for Esophageal cancer to be advanced now 10 months later. How long does it take to develop. Thanks.

Barium swallow: Barium swallow may miss esophageal cancer. Upper endoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosis. Coughing up blood is not a characteristic symptom of esophageal cancer but an examination of the mouth, posterior nasal area and throat as well as a tracheal, bronchial and lung evaluation if coughing up blood occurs. ...Read more

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How much time would esophageal cancer take to develop?

How much time would esophageal cancer take to develop?

Several years: No lesion begins on initial transformation. There is a premalignant state where the cells appear normal and then a transformation to dysplastic cells which eventually convert to the malignant phenotype which is in-situ. Transformation to the invasive state takes a further period of months if not longer. An invasive esophageal cancer would probably take 3-5 years to evolve and become symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can esophageal cancer be detected by endoscopy? Or what other test should a person take?

Can esophageal cancer be detected by endoscopy? Or what other test should a person take?

Esophageal cancer.: While CT scan, MRI scan, and endoscopic ultrasound of my exist for the diagnosis of esophageal cancer, the endoscopy is the procedure of choice as far as imaging the area and also is the only one through which we can achieve biopsy samples for diagnosis. ...Read more

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If you take Prilosec more than 6-8 weeks in a row, are you more likely to develop esophageal cancer?

If you take Prilosec more than 6-8 weeks in a row, are you more likely to develop esophageal cancer?

Just the opposite: Priolosec and other proton pump inhibitors help limit acid reflux. Acid reflux is a risk factor for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. ...Read more

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Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Does occasional heartburn/acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? Or is it more caused by chronic, long term severe acid reflux?

Cancer from reflux: Chronic GERD can increase the risk of esophageal cancer by producing changes in the lining of the esophagus from acid burns. This is called Barrett's esophagus and can increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This occurs in long term acid reflux. If you have only occasional symptoms, you are less at risk. If your symptoms are chronic, however, it's a good idea to get checked out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Late stage esophageal cancer, has mestastasized across lympth nodes, & into stage 4 liver, getting chemo now, how long can the person hopefully live?

Late stage esophageal cancer, has mestastasized across lympth nodes, & into stage 4 liver, getting chemo now, how long can the person hopefully live?

Undetermined.: One day at a time. Although statistics can inform you what happened to other people with similar problems, ultimately how long a you are expected to live is speculative and unpredictable. Ultimately, if you are alive today, you are alive today. ...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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Dysphagia vs globus- what's difference & which is sign of esophageal cancer? Going on 3+ weeks, constant. Long history of GERD. Dr said no endoscopy needed.

Dysphagia vs globus- what's difference & which is sign of esophageal cancer? Going on 3+ weeks, constant. Long history of GERD. Dr said no endoscopy needed.

Tough: Dysphagia is usually a problem with a neurologic cause. It is difficulty in swallowing to the point the person may aspirate in any of the phases of swallowing.
Globus is a problem with swallowing that is usually thought to be psychogenic in origin and is made worse by stress and anxiety. Re the GERD, see your doctor again and at your age you may not need an EGD. Ask the doctor why no endoscopy. ...Read more

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My mom 79 has esophageal cancer with mets to liver. So far no symptoms, discomforts, normal life. How long she may have with or w/o treatment? Thanks.

My mom 79 has esophageal cancer with mets to liver. So far no symptoms, discomforts, normal life. How long she may have with or w/o treatment? Thanks.

Not long.: This is advanced stage because there are mets to the liver. It is therefore not resectable, so it would likely have to be treated with combination chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. At any rate, 5 year survival in resectable disease is only about 20%, so this is likely less than that, and overall 5 year survival is about <5% due to advanced state of many cases. Try to make her comfortable. ...Read more

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How common does heart burn cause esophageal cancer? I'm worried about it cause I get acid reflux a lot. How often can I take Zantac (ranitidine) 300mg will it cure

How common does heart burn cause esophageal cancer? I'm worried about it cause I get acid reflux a lot. How often can I take Zantac (ranitidine) 300mg will it cure

Rare: The majority of esophageal Ca's are in the cardioesophageal junction where stomach meets esophagus. This tumor is induced by h. pylori. This organism induces ulcers in mucosa which is repaired by influx of bone marrow stem cells. The helicobacter toxin then converts the stem cells to the malignant form which grows as a cancer. ...Read more

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What causes esophageal cancer?  

What causes esophageal cancer?  

Two types: Adenocarcinoma: caused by acid reflux or gerd. This leads to barrett's metaplasia, then low grade dysplasia, then high grade dysplasia and then cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is caused generally by smoking and alcohol consumption which is synergistic. ...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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How is esophageal cancer treated?

How is esophageal cancer treated?

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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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 is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

Endoscopy: Endoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosing esophageal cancer. This is a fiberoptic camera placed through the mouth directly into the esophagus. Suspicious lesions can be biopsied directly. ...Read more

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How painful can esophageal cancer be?

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 are the types of esophageal cancer?

What are the types of esophageal cancer?

Two major types: The most common in this country is adenocarcinoma. The second most common is squamous cell carcinoma. There are other very rare types such as melanoma, lymphoma and small cell. Also, esophageal cancer is categorized by location, i.e. Bottom third, middle third and upper third of the esophagus. The majority in this country are in the lower third. ...Read more

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What are the stages of esophageal cancer?

IV: There are 4 stages for esophageal cancer, with a and b substages. We use roman numerals. For stages I - iia, the treatment is the physically fit patient is surgery or esophagectomy. For stages iib and III the treatment is chemotherapy and radiotherapy, followed by surgery, or in patients who do not want surgery, chemoradiotherapy alone. For stage IV treatment is chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read more

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Are there any cures for esophageal cancer?

Are there any cures for esophageal cancer?

Some times: Esophageal cancer is a bad disease, if detected stage o possible to have 80% to 90% 5 year survival, by stage IV 2.8 %. Only way to have good out come is to to catch it when the tumor is in the superficial part of mucosa, . ...Read more

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How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

Airway irritation: Coughing in esophageal cancer is usually caused by airway (aka bronchus or wind pipe) irritation, most commonly by:

1. Aspiration (saliva and/or food going into the airway) due to obstruction of the esophagus by tumor
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2. A large tumor pushing on or growing into the airway. ...Read more

Dr. David Cooke
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