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What are the final stages of life like with esophageal cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Anthony Back
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: Manageable!

The most common issues people deal with are pain, trouble swallowing, fatigue, coping.
But these are treatable issues and the vast majority of patients can have a reasonable degree of comfort and dignity. Make sure you get a palliative care specialist involved if you are concerned about this. Also hospice can be extremely valuable for the patient and the family.

In brief: Manageable!

The most common issues people deal with are pain, trouble swallowing, fatigue, coping.
But these are treatable issues and the vast majority of patients can have a reasonable degree of comfort and dignity. Make sure you get a palliative care specialist involved if you are concerned about this. Also hospice can be extremely valuable for the patient and the family.
Dr. Anthony Back
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