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Stage Four Esophageal Cancer Prognosis
Depends..: On what stage it's found at. Earlier stages that don't show any spread of the cancer can be cured with surgery. Once the cancer has spread, the prognosis worsens. When it has spread to other organs, the chance for cure becomes very low with chemoradiation alone. 5 year survival rates for those without spread is about 37%. If it has spread to the lymph nodes, 18%. To other organ, 3%. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Late stage esophageal cancer, has mestastasized across lympth nodes, & into stage 4 liver, getting chemo now, how long can the person hopefully live?
IV: There are 4 stages for esophageal cancer, with a and b substages. We use roman numerals. For stages i - iia, the treatment is the physically fit patient is surgery or esophagectomy. For stages iib and iii the treatment is chemotherapy and radiotherapy, followed by surgery, or in patients who do not want surgery, chemoradiotherapy alone. For stage IV treatment is chemotherapy +/- radiation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My father passed away last year because of 4th stage esophageal cancer. I am worried each time i experience pain or feel any lumps. Should i check?
Esophageal: Cancer does not generally run in families. In the us, it is most commonly in the lower part of the esophagus and is associated with a precancerous condition called barrett's esophagus. You can reduce your risk by moderating alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking. If you have acid reflux, make sure it is treated. If symptoms of reflux persist you may need endoscopy. ...Read more
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