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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

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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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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

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