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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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What is the life expectancy for a 58 yo male with stage 4 inoperable esophagus and liver cancer?

What is the life expectancy for a 58 yo male with stage 4 inoperable esophagus and liver cancer?

Esophageal cancer: Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is a serious and increasingly common cancer. Early forms are treated by local excision, but once it invades muscle or involves distant structures, the challenge is greater. Some clinical trials are available which might prolong life for your loved one beyond 6-12 months. Search for an NCI cancer center or academic oncology center which has access to these. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Barrett's esophagus to turn to cancer? 31 was told 6 months ago that I have "pre Barrett's" now on nexium still have reflux

How long does it take for Barrett's esophagus to turn to cancer? 31 was told 6 months ago that I have "pre Barrett's" now on nexium still have reflux

Uncertain: You should have had this answer from the doctor who made the diagnosis. You need to return to them on a regular basis. There is no certainty that the pre cancer condition would progress. With treatment you might have normal tissue replace the dysplasia. There are many good resources available online about Barrett's. I hope you never progress but you need to have routine screening. Stay well. ...Read more

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My best friend..51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer.Lung.Inoperable.Spread to adrenals.Bloodstream and more.How long can she live?

My best friend..51 yrs old was diagnosis today with stage 4 cancer.Lung.Inoperable.Spread to adrenals.Bloodstream and more.How long can she live?

Stage 4 lung cancer: I'm sorry to hear about your best friend. Stage 4 lung cancer non-small cell type nowadays with all the advances we have made in modern chemotherapy and targeted therapies, the average survival is about 12-15 months. The chances of making 2 years is about 20% and chances of making 5 years are less than 5 %. There are very few patients who survive long term. ...Read more

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My dad is 75 and has inoperable stomache cancer, he is on his 3rd round of chemo, he was given 3 months without chemo. How long do you think he has?

My dad is 75  and has inoperable stomache cancer, he is on his 3rd round of chemo, he was given 3 months without chemo. How long do you think he has?

Ask his docs: Sorry about your dad. There is improving methods of identifying how much time someone may have (on average) and if your dad wants to know that he should continue discussing with his docs. Most chemotherapy might extend prognosis by a few months (might be called 'palliative chemotherapy' or 'salvage chemotherapy'). However if near the end it can shorten prognosis. Ask for palliative medicine help. ...Read more

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Back in 2008 My sister was diagnosed with secondary peritonel cavity cancer inoperable primary was breast' how long can we have my sister please ?

Back in 2008 My sister was diagnosed with secondary peritonel cavity cancer inoperable primary was breast' how long can we have my sister please ?

Breast Ca: Hi, I'm so very sorry to hear about ur sister's diagnosis, what's the status of her cancer now? Is she on chemotherapy? In General 5 year survival rate for stage 4 breast cancer at the time of diagnosis is 22%, which means only 22% of patients diagnosed with breast ca are alive after 5 years, she has already beaten that odd, let's hope for the best, please talk to her treating doctor. ...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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My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long , in your opinion, will she live?

My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long , in your opinion, will she live?

CHF & Cancer: Patients with congestive heart failure and an advanced liver cancer together are, on average, predicted to succumb to their diseases in 6-12 months or less. The more immediate problem of what sounds like impending kidney failure in your mother, unless she opts for dialysis, will probably supervene before the heart and cancer problems take their toll. ...Read more

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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

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