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Doctor insights on: What Happens If Esophageal Cancer Is Inoperable

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How long does it take for esophageal cancer to grow so much that it's inoperable?

How long does it take for esophageal cancer to grow so much that it's inoperable?

Depends on the stage: There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer. Stage i-iii can be considered operable if the patient is of good physical condition. Tumor growing through the esophagus and into surrounding lymph nodes (regional) would be stage iii and still potentially operable. Tumor involving unresectable structures like the heart or bone, or that have metastastasized to distant organs (like brain) are inoperable. ...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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What happens if you keep smoking with esophageal cancer?

What happens if you keep smoking with esophageal cancer?

Higher cancer risk: Mouth, tongue, throat, esophagus, lung, bladder and stomach cancers are all associated with use of tobacco. Smoking increases the risk of all these whether you have had one cancer or not. Stop smoking! go to the american cancer society for a stop smoking class- free usually. Talk to your doctor, use hypnosis, use patches, use gum, use anything that works. Use tootsie pops like telly savalas. ...Read more

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How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

Endoscopy: Endoscopy is the gold standard for diagnosing esophageal cancer. This is a fiberoptic camera placed through the mouth directly into the esophagus. Suspicious lesions can be biopsied directly. ...Read more

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What are the stages of esophageal cancer?

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 more

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What sort of disorder is esophageal cancer?

What sort of disorder is esophageal cancer?

Cancer of lining: This is cancer of the lining of your swallowing tube or esophagus. This canne diagnosed in several ways, usually best by endoscopy. ...Read more

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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 is the prognosis for esophageal cancer?

What is the prognosis for esophageal cancer?

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 more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Esophageal Cancer (Definition)

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