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What are the causes and symptoms of oesophageal cancer?

What are the causes and symptoms of oesophageal cancer?

Depends: Causes of adenocarcinoma: acid reflux; causes of squamous cell carcinoma: smoking, alcohol, achalasia, caustic injury, chaga's syndrome, nitrosamines. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, bleeding and weight loss. ...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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If a person has symptoms caused by esophageal cancer would taking cough drops help supress those symptoms?

If a person has symptoms caused by esophageal cancer would taking cough drops help supress those symptoms?

Not really: What symptoms are you referring here? Esophageal cancer usually is presented with problem with swallowing- usually harder with solid food than liquid. Also, other symptoms like bloathing, pain/discomfort can happen. When the cancer spreads outside the esophagus- for instance the lung, liver -other symptoms related to the location of the spreads can occur like weight loss etc. Cough drop won't help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer I have a lot of middle chest pain fill full all the time not much appetite?

What are the symptoms of oesophageal cancer I have a lot of middle chest pain fill full all the time not much appetite?

Problems swallowing!: Some typical symptoms are difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), "food getting stuck", abnormal weighloss, chest pain/burning, heartburn and indigestion, fatigue and others. Your symptoms are certainly abnormal and need an appropriate work up immediately. Contact your doctor to evaluate for other causes as well like heart, lung, blood, lymph system diseases. ...Read more

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Why does oesophageal cancer cause coughing ?

Why does oesophageal cancer cause coughing ?

Reflux: of stomach contents and acid frequently occurs. These contents irritate your throat and may cause coughing spells. Changing the consistency of your diet such as pureeing food, avoiding nuts, popcorn and grains. Please follow up with your GI doctor. ...Read more

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Does Barrett's oesophagus always cause oesophageal cancer?

Does Barrett's oesophagus always cause oesophageal cancer?

No: Barrett's esophagus is one of the complications of GERD. It is characterized by the replacement of the normal stratified squamous epithelium lining of the esophagus by simple columnar epithelium with goblet cells About 10% of people with chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett's esophagus.Patients with Barrett's esophagus do have an increase the risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma but the complication is rare with less than 1% of patients developing this particular cancer ...Read more

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What causes esophageal cancer? 

What causes esophageal cancer? 

Two types: Adenocarcinoma: caused by acid reflux or gerd. This leads to barrett's metaplasia, then low grade dysplasia, then high grade dysplasia and then cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma is caused generally by smoking and alcohol consumption which is synergistic. ...Read more

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Symptoms of esophageal cancer common?

Symptoms of esophageal cancer common?

Difficulty and/or: Pain on swallowing, leading to weight loss. Commonly associated with tobacco and alcohol use, now prevalent in overweight individuals with reflux. ...Read more

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How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

How does esophageal cancer cause coughing?

Airway irritation: Coughing in esophageal cancer is usually caused by airway (aka bronchus or wind pipe) irritation, most commonly by: 1. Aspiration (saliva and/or food going into the airway) due to obstruction of the esophagus by tumor or 2. A large tumor pushing on or growing into the airway. ...Read more

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What causes esophageal cancer? Who gets it?

What causes esophageal cancer? Who gets it?

Many factors: Factors predisposing to esophageal cancer are realated to age and sex with men over 65 at highest risk. This is followed by smokers, heavy drinking, obesity and acid reflux. At the cardioesophageal junction h.pylori plays an important role as does Baretts esophagus. ...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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Reasons for dysphagia. Is esophageal cancer a common cause?

Yes, also others.: Progressive dysphagia is the major sign for esophageal cancer. This starts with solids, then is seen with liquids. Weight loss is also seen. Other causes for dysphagia include oropharyngeal (plummer-vinson syndrome), schatski ring, and zenker's diverticulum. These have varying degrees of dysphagia, and not all are progressive. ...Read more

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Can oesophageal cancer cause chest pain and palpitations?

Can oesophageal cancer cause chest pain and palpitations?

Varies: Chest pain: yes- referred from the esophagus. Palpitations can occur from other reasons. ...Read more

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I seem to be collecting more and more symptoms. Chest pain, stomach ache, exhaustion. Fear of oesophageal cancer as voice husky and gurgling throat?

I seem to be collecting more and more symptoms.  Chest pain, stomach ache, exhaustion.  Fear of  oesophageal cancer as voice husky and gurgling throat?

Aging: Some of the issue are related to increasing age. For change in voice you need to consult an ENT specialist. You should also consult a general practitioner for a baseline evaluation and recommendation for exercise. ...Read more

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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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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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Is it possible for upper middle back pain to be the only symptom of esophageal cancer?

Yes: But quite unusual, the cardinal features is swallowing trouble. Perforation is more associated with pain in the back than uncomplicated esophagus cancer. ...Read more

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Does microwave radiation to transmit voice cause esophageal cancer?

Does microwave radiation to transmit voice  cause esophageal cancer?

Not clearly: The present data doesn't suggest that the microwave spectrum used to transmit communications causes cancer. There is some suggestion of related male infertility but it isn't certain. Additionally there is something referred to as the microwave hearing effect where people exposed to pulsed microwave radiation hear clicking noises. ...Read more

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