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How often will I need to have endoscopies after my esophageal cancer surgery?

How often will I need to have endoscopies after my esophageal cancer surgery?

Maybe 0: Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer are generally enrolled in a surveillance program. This may entail chest ct scans every 4 months for 2 years, than every 6 months for 1 year, then once a year. Suspicious things on ct scan can be followed up with a pet scan. Routine surveillance endoscopy is not necessary, unless used for addressing symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Will I have to get surgery and a colostomy if I have colon cancer?

Yes; rarely: The primary treatment for colon and rectal cancer is surgical removal. Some rectal cancers are so close to the anus that it is impossible to remove it without having a colostomy; thankfully, this is the exception rather than the rule. ...Read more

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Will I be able to have children after my treatment for endometrial cancer?

Will I be able to have children after my treatment for endometrial cancer?

No: The standard surgery for endometrial cancer will remove both ovaries and your uterus and therefore you will not be able to have children after your surgery. ...Read more

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How often should I have CT scan after colon cancer surgery for the first year?

How often should I have CT scan after colon cancer surgery for the first year?

Depends on stage: Depends on need for it , by clinical examination, blood tests , cea levels, to detect metastasis pet scan is a much better tool. ...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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Colorectal cancer surgery and colostomy? Why does the doctor have to do a colostomy as part of colorectal cancer surgery? What is it exactly (a hole in my abdomen?) and how long will I have it?

Colorectal cancer surgery and colostomy? Why does the doctor have to do a colostomy as part of colorectal cancer surgery? What is it exactly (a hole in my abdomen?) and how long will I have it?

Some : Some ostomies are for ever and other temporary. For low rectal cancer a temporary may be use to proted the new conection alowed to be healthy.If the cancer is to low involving the muscle to control the stool a penmanented ostomy is need. Yes a stoma is a open in you abdomen that alowwed a small portion of teh bowel to come out and it is cover by a ostomy bag. ...Read more

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I have to have a Hysteroscopy ,biopsy and removal of fybroids. I will not be sedated during this procedure ( UK norm). How much pain will I be in?

I have to have a Hysteroscopy ,biopsy and removal of fybroids. I will not be sedated during this procedure ( UK norm). How much pain will I be in?

Tough to say: Everyone experiences pain in different ways. generally speaking though, if you are having fibroids removed, you should at the least get some local anesthetic to help with pain. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when i was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

What do you advise if i had to have a laparoscopic surgery on my stomach when i was will be able to have the laparoscopic surgery, or just one large incision?

Laparoscopy: Not entirely clear what you are asking, however your surgeon should be able to answer that question the best; laparoscopy has come a long way, and many surgeons are very fascile... It has proven great advantages over the 'large incision' surgeries in many fields, but remember that the final outcome eventually counts, regardless of the technique used... Best of luck! ...Read more

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With upper endoscopy it possible to know how the nissen wrap condition and how i heal after hitial hernia and nissen?Thank you

With upper  endoscopy it possible to know how the nissen wrap condition and how i heal after hitial hernia and nissen?Thank you

Nissen: Yes endoscopy can tell the status of the wrap and if your esophagus has healed routine surveillance should still be performed by your surgeon or GI md. ...Read more

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How much time do the bands last after esophageal varices surgery. do you have to have them replaced?

How much time do the bands last after esophageal varices surgery. do you have to have them replaced?

Esophageal banding: Esophageal banding essentially puts a "rubber band" like device around an enlarged blood vessel in the esophagus that is bleeding or at risk for bleeding. This banding essentially cuts off the blood supply. After this is performed the band will eventually fall off in a few days to a week. You might see the band pass in your stool. If you had banding done you may need again sometime in the future. ...Read more

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After people have surgery for esophageal cancer, do they eventually regain the ability to eat and swallow?

After people have surgery for esophageal cancer, do they eventually regain the ability to eat and swallow?

Yes: Diet is often introduced in a step wise fashion, beginning with sips of clear liquids, clear liquids, full liquids and soft diet. Because of decreased capacity, patients should eat 6 small meals a day to avoid filling full. Also avoid high cream and sugary meals to avoid dumping syndrome. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for surgery? I'm afraid that i may not be able to wake up after the surgery?

How do I prepare for surgery? I'm afraid that i may not be able to wake up after the surgery?

Speak to anesthesiol: Many people are more concerned with the anesthesia than the surgery. The most dangerous part of anyone's surgery day is the drive to the facility! life threatening anesthesia complications are rare. I have seen risks ratios of 1:60000-1:200000 anesthetics having fatal unexpected reactions. If you are a healthy 29 year old you have very little to be worried about. Praying you do well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person had early stage breast cancer 22 years ago and have been fine since how often do they need to have?

Can you tell me if a person had early stage breast cancer 22 years ago and have been fine since how often do they need to have?

Likely routine f/u: Hello- after 22 years of being cancer free routine imaging and follow-up is likely to be sufficient. This means monthly self-breast exam following a menstrual cycle, an annual mammogram, and an annual breast exam by an md. If a gene that caused the breast cancer was identified then more rigorous screening may be indicated. This person should discuss it with their md. Thank you. ...Read more

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After treatment for intestinal cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

After treatment for intestinal cancer, how often do I need to be checked?

Depends: What type of cancer was it? Your surgeon and oncologist should have the surveillance information for you. ...Read more

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If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

Maybe: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. That being said 15-20% have complete eradication of tumor after chemoradiation. ...Read more

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My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female.What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done . How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

My family dr. Said I have a hernia and"cystocele with prolapse". I am a 51 year old female.What needs to be done? What type of dr do I need to see, and what needs to be done . How many surgeries will it take to fix the problem? How long would my recovery

You : You should be evaluated by a urogynecologic surgeon who has experience with repairing these type of hernias which can be quite complicated. If you are over weight, then losing weight is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. In addition, avoid constipation and straining when you urinate. ...Read more

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I have to get laparoscopic surgery done to removed endometriosis and fibroids, how painful will it be? Recovery

I have to get laparoscopic surgery done to removed endometriosis and fibroids, how painful  will it be? Recovery

Its hard to say: Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Typical recovery from laparoscopic surgery is about 2 weeks. Assuming no complications. Talk to your doctor about pain medication usually prescribed after surgery. ...Read more

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I have an ileostomy and mucous fistula. I have hnpcc and want to know if my redundant bowel can be removed for my own comfort and preventative treatme?

I have an ileostomy and mucous fistula. I have hnpcc and want to know if my redundant bowel can be removed for my own comfort and preventative treatme?

Yes: The answer is essentially yes. It depends on how much colon is left and was your surgery done as emergency? Can it be studied with little inconvenience? But lesser the colon you have the better off you are. ...Read more

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