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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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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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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 (esomeprazole) 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 (esomeprazole) 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 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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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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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 from mild dysplasia esophugus to reach cancer.

How long does it take from mild dysplasia esophugus to reach cancer.

Unpredictable: It may take forever, or sometimes 5-7 years, in any case if your GI doctor believes that yoi have dysplasia, he or she probably would advise you on measures to prevent further progression of this condition whether with help of medications or dietary changes, or both. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

How long is it supposed to it take for acid reflux to cause esphagus cancer?

Many Yrears: Cancer is a rare complication of acid reflux disease..It takes more than 20 years of untreated disease before this complication occurs. ...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