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Are there any "intact" esophageal cancer survivors, or are all pretty debilitated?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Surgery for esophageal cancer, though challenging, can lead to cure and good quality of life.
It is important to speak to a board certified thoracic surgeon to determine if surgery is the best and appropriate option. Other resources are: fightec.Org and http://bit.Ly/idbyzk.

In brief: Yes

Surgery for esophageal cancer, though challenging, can lead to cure and good quality of life.
It is important to speak to a board certified thoracic surgeon to determine if surgery is the best and appropriate option. Other resources are: fightec.Org and http://bit.Ly/idbyzk.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Thomas Birdas
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Several

While the survival of esophageal cancer patients is not very high, as most present with advanced stages, those who do survive may very well have normal quality of life.
Treatments are not debilitating, although some (such as surgery) do change eatings habits and lifestyle a bit.

In brief: Several

While the survival of esophageal cancer patients is not very high, as most present with advanced stages, those who do survive may very well have normal quality of life.
Treatments are not debilitating, although some (such as surgery) do change eatings habits and lifestyle a bit.
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Dr. Thomas Birdas
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I am not exactly sure what you mean, but there are many very well esophageal cancer survivors.
Some have digestive and other issues, while some are fine.

In brief: Yes

I am not exactly sure what you mean, but there are many very well esophageal cancer survivors.
Some have digestive and other issues, while some are fine.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: Some, not many.

This is relatively extensive at presentation, with resection feasible in only 40% of patients.
Cures are rare, and fewer than 20% of patients with resectable tumors survive 5 years. Hopefully, modern procedures will improve on these results.

In brief: Some, not many.

This is relatively extensive at presentation, with resection feasible in only 40% of patients.
Cures are rare, and fewer than 20% of patients with resectable tumors survive 5 years. Hopefully, modern procedures will improve on these results.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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