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My husband has stage 3 esophageal cancer and has decided not to do chemo and radiation, what is his life expectancy? Expectancy

My husband has stage 3 esophageal cancer and has decided not to do chemo and radiation, what is his life expectancy? Expectancy

Depends: Predicting the future is difficult. Without treatment, it ranges from weeks to months depending on the individual. This should be discussed with your oncologist so plans can be made. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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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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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Can somebody update me on the real life expectancy of a 78 yr old with stage IV esophageal and liver cancer?

Can somebody update me on the real life expectancy of a 78 yr old with stage IV esophageal and liver cancer?

Very short: Weeks to months, and this is true of any age with esoph metastasis. Wt loss and energy/performance level are also signs pointing to poor and short prognosis. ...Read more

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What are the final stages of life like with esophageal cancer?

What are the final stages of life like with esophageal cancer?

Not nice: Local growth may prevent swallowing even one's own saliva. The idea of gastric tube feeding seems a solution, but prolongs a life of suffering. Esophca can also metastasize. Weight loss, energy loss, weakness, dehydration. Palliative care and hospice help minimize suffering and focus on symptom relief. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Can you please tell me final stages of life with esophageal cancer?

Cachexia: Cannot eat
weight loss
cachexia
saliva overflow
aspiration
weakness
pain
miserable I am sorry to say. ...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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Father died (esophageal cancer, 1994), brother has Barrett's (4 years) and now I have Barrett's. Meds don't help much. Should I be worried?

Father died (esophageal cancer, 1994), brother has Barrett's (4 years) and now I have Barrett's. Meds don't help much. Should I be worried?

Close observation: Barrett's esophagus could lead to cancer.
you and your brother need to be very close observation with your GI specialist. You need regular screening upper endoscopy and frequent biopsies.
you should ask for the surgical options, fundoplication is one of them, it will not reverse the Barrett's but it can stop the progression, as long as you do not have dysplasia or pre-cancer lesion, it should be good. ...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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What are the most common symptoms of esophageal cancer?

What are the most common symptoms of esophageal cancer?

Pain: The most common symptoms are pain, food getting caught and weight loss. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can anything be done to prevent esophageal cancer?

Can anything be done to prevent esophageal cancer?

Lifestyle change: For adenocarcinoma make changes that reduce acid reflux, such as lose weight, eliminate foods that worsen acid reflux, and enter am endoscopy program if appropriate. For squamous cell, stop smoking and drinking alcohol, and enter an endoscopy program if have history of achalasia or chagas disease. ...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 factors can influence the survival rate with esophageal cancer?  

What factors can influence the survival rate with esophageal cancer?  

Stage & response: Survival rate affected by stage of esophageal cancer and response to treatment (and tolerance of patient to treatment). .. ...Read more

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What to do if I have esophagitis, am I at risk of having esophageal cancer?

What to do if I have esophagitis, am I at risk of having esophageal cancer?

Yes: Barrett, s esophagus and esophagitis are significant risks.
In others with hiatal hernia, or strictures with the reflux and irritation can be followed by irritated cells and malignancy. ...Read more

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If I have barrett's esophagus, does this mean I'm going to develop esophageal cancer?

If I have barrett's esophagus, does this mean I'm going to develop esophageal cancer?

Increased risk: With barrett's esophagus, you have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. Therefor an individual should be in a endoscipic surveillance program. If the barrett's progresses to high grade dysplasia, then the risk of cancer is so high, then the high grade dysplasia needs to be treated either with endoscopic techniques or esophagectomy. ...Read more

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How does esophageal cancer cause back pain?

How does esophageal cancer cause back pain?

Esophageal cancer: Can cause back pain particularly if the cancer has invaded through the wall of the esophagus into surrounding nerves or chest wall muscles or bone. This is an ominous sign and should be investigated right away. Spread to bones can also occur through the blood stream, and indicates metastatic disease and not just local spread. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?

What is the treatment for esophageal cancer?

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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To which lymph nodes can esophageal cancer spread?

Local and distant: The most common spread is to local nodes around the esophagus. But the spread, or metastasis can be more distant such as to nodes around the celiac plexus, the region where the blood supply to the stomach arises below the diaphragm. But distant metastasis can be to nodes in the neck, particularly associated with the lymphatic chain that drains into the subclavian vein on left behind clavicle ...Read more

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Can you get esophageal cancer by consuming alcohol?

Can you get esophageal cancer by consuming alcohol?

Yes: Alcohol is a risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma (scc) of the esophagus. In fact smoking and alcohol combined increases the risk of scc of the esophagus 44 times. ...Read more

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Is copious phlegm associated with esophageal cancer?

Is copious phlegm associated with esophageal cancer?

Infection: It is more likely an infection in the sinuses or airways. See your md to further evaluate. ...Read more

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Can blood from esophageal cancer come up the esophagus?

Can blood from esophageal cancer come up the esophagus?

Yes: Esophageal cancer that involves the lining of the esophagus can be bloody or bleed. That blood can then come up the esophagus. Depending on its location it may move up and be noticeably more than other locations. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get rid of esophageal cancer forever?

If localized: If it is detected early enough, then it is possibly curable with endoscopic resection or surgical removal. ...Read more

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How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

How often does acid reflux cause esophageal cancer? I'm 23

Reflux is associated: With esoph ca, in the 6th decade of life and beyond. The frequency in your age is close to zero. Heavy alcohol and smoking are factors, and over weight reflux chronically in others. Depending on severity, endoscopy and blocking acid production warranted. ...Read more

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What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer?

What should be expected after treatment of esophageal cancer?

After surgery: After an esophagectomy, or removal of the esophagus for cancer, your ability to eat large meals will be diminished. You will need to eat 6 small meals a day intead of 3 large meals. You might lose your appetitie, so it is important to do scheduled eating to maintain your weight. Also you will need to avoid certain foods. Http://www. Ucdmc. Ucdavis. Edu/surgery/specialties/cardio/esophagus. Html. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between esophageal cancer and oral cancer?

Is there any difference between esophageal cancer and oral cancer?

Yes: Esophageal cancer of tube that connects the back of the throat to the stomach. Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth. ...Read more

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How can people with esophageal cancer participate in clinical trials?

How can people with esophageal cancer participate in clinical trials?

Ask your doctor: Your surgeon may know of clinical trials. More clinical trials may be offered at a high volume, academic medical center and/or national cancer institute designated site. For more info:
http://www. Ucdmc. Ucdavis. Edu/clinicaltrials/. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have esophageal cancer and be missed with endoscope?

Is it possible to have esophageal cancer and be missed with endoscope?

Yes: Yes. Please discuss this further with your doctor. Here is a good review on esophageal cancer

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

Dr. David Cooke
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Esophageal Cancer (Definition)

Lesions arising in the esophagus that are considered potentially malignant until biopsied. As they grow they cause swallowing problems and bleed. Treated ...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