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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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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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Can I have another surgery if my esophageal cancer has come back and spread?

Can I have another surgery if my esophageal cancer has come back and spread?

It depends: It depends where it has recurred. Re-operative surgery for esopahgeal cancer is very complex with a lot of risk. It is not common, so if it is to be considered, it should be at a quaternary center with experience. ...Read more

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Is surgery the best treatment for esophageal cancer?

Is surgery the best treatment for esophageal cancer?

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. In the patient in poor physical condition, chemoradiotherapy without surgery. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only effective treatment for esophageal cancer?

Is surgery the only effective treatment for esophageal cancer?

No: There are multiple therapies available for esophageal carcinoma, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser, photo-dynamic therapy, and other. For curative intent, with appropriately selected patients, surgery is still the best chance for cure. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor who didn't initially recommend surgery for esophageal cancer change his mind?

Many possibilities : Any medical decision is not black or white. There are many variables that need considered. The doctor is trying to make the best decision for you based on guidelines, but to make the decision he or she have to relly on information gathered by many sources. Your physical exam, x-rays, invasive tests like esophagoscopies etc. As all information accumulates the decision may change accordingly. ...Read more

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Could having surgery for esophageal cancer make me lose my memory?

Could having surgery for esophageal cancer make me lose my memory?

Sort of: Its not uncommon to have changes in short term memory, concentration and some cognitive function after major surgery. The stress of surgery diverts the body's nutrients towards healing (catabolic state or "fight or flight") as opposed to higher brain function. This is usually self limiting, and will get better the further out you are from surgery. ...Read more

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What follow-up care is necessary during recovery after surgery for esophageal cancer?

What follow-up care is necessary during recovery after surgery for esophageal cancer?

Close followup: Both the surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist must be involved in your followup care. Depending on the stage, you may involve all 3 of these specialists who will mainly follow you by physical exams, ct scans and occasionally pet/ct scans. ...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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Dr. David Cooke
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Esophageal cancer is cancer of the esophagus, which is a muscular tube-like structure that connects the throat to the stomach. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, vomiting, and coughing. Long standing heartburn may lead to changes in the tissue of the esophagus that is associated with higher risk of cancer. Tobacco and alcohol ...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