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What can I do if I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Determine stage

Stage i through iii is potentially curable via surgery +/- chemoradiotherapy.
Sees board certified thoracic surgeon or medical oncologist.

In brief: Determine stage

Stage i through iii is potentially curable via surgery +/- chemoradiotherapy.
Sees board certified thoracic surgeon or medical oncologist.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stage dependent

For best survival in fit patients, surgery for stage i and iia.
In stages iib and iii, standard approach is chemoradiation followed by surgery. More advanced, i.e. Stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. Best results will be with a comprehensive multidisciplinary thoracic surgical oncology team. http://goo.gl/6phtu.

In brief: Stage dependent

For best survival in fit patients, surgery for stage i and iia.
In stages iib and iii, standard approach is chemoradiation followed by surgery. More advanced, i.e. Stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. Best results will be with a comprehensive multidisciplinary thoracic surgical oncology team. http://goo.gl/6phtu.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
The most important thing is working with a comprehensive multidisciplinary thoracic surgical oncology team. Your team will evaluate and develop and individualized treatment plan.
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Find a specialist

Outcomes are better when treatment is determined by a group of physicians from different specialties that have experience in this type of cancer, including a thoracic surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist.
A pet/ct scan and an endoscopic ultrasound (eus) should be obtained to determine the stage and further treatment. If surgery is indicated, find a busy esophageal center.

In brief: Find a specialist

Outcomes are better when treatment is determined by a group of physicians from different specialties that have experience in this type of cancer, including a thoracic surgeon, a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist.
A pet/ct scan and an endoscopic ultrasound (eus) should be obtained to determine the stage and further treatment. If surgery is indicated, find a busy esophageal center.
Dr. Thomas Birdas
Dr. Thomas Birdas
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Find a good team

You need to find a good team of doctors whom you can trust- to work with you -which include- a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist , a surgical oncologist , a GI doc and off course your primary care doctor. Discuss with your oncology team about the disease, staging, type, treatment options, pros and cons of each options.
If you smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol - quit doing both.

In brief: Find a good team

You need to find a good team of doctors whom you can trust- to work with you -which include- a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist , a surgical oncologist , a GI doc and off course your primary care doctor. Discuss with your oncology team about the disease, staging, type, treatment options, pros and cons of each options.
If you smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol - quit doing both.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually you

Are told histology (squamous or adenocarcinoma), stage (limited to esophagus, or penetrating beyond adventitia, or nodes) including penetrance through muscle layers.
And then opions for therapy: surgery; chemoradiotherapy before surgery, chemotherapy and radiation without surgery.

In brief: Usually you

Are told histology (squamous or adenocarcinoma), stage (limited to esophagus, or penetrating beyond adventitia, or nodes) including penetrance through muscle layers.
And then opions for therapy: surgery; chemoradiotherapy before surgery, chemotherapy and radiation without surgery.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: See a...

Board certified thoracic surgeon or medical oncologist.

In brief: See a...

Board certified thoracic surgeon or medical oncologist.
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