How fast-growing is esophageal cancer?

Slow or Fast. It can be slow or fast, but generally its a slow process. Esophageal cancer tends to be circumferential, like a donut. As it grows, the hole or lumen becomes smaller, and can make it diffiult for food, then liquids to pass through. The diamter of your esophagus can get as narrow as 6mm (18french) before one gets symptoms.
Fast-spreading. While the growth of the tumor may be slow at first, esophageal cancer is a very aggressive neoplasm that can spread to lymph nodes and other organs rapidly. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment should not be delayed. Most people diagnosed with esophageal cancer present with locally advanced or widespread disease.

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Is esophageal cancer fast growing?

Probably. Depending on what you consider fast..Needs to be treated within very few weeks of diagnosis. Read more...
It can be. This is a serious malady that needs to be addressed by a thoracic surgeon in your area. Please see your doctor asap. Hope this helps! Read more...

How long does it take esophageal cancer to grow?

No clear answer. While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer. Read more...

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

This varies. Esophageal cancer is inoperable when it spreads through the layers of the esophagus to the surrounding tissues and lymph nodes. I should redefine inoperable, because frequently one may recieve a "palliative" operation, one that doesn't necessarily cure it but in conjunction with radiation and/or chemo, they may live longer than otherwise. The time for this cancer to do this varies-a few months t. Read more...
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...

Had Total gast for esophageal cancer at gej. 3 months later trouble swallowing. R1 resection. Could a tumour grow this quickly or more likely I need dilation?

Could be tumor. Treatment is usually RT/Chemo followed by resection lower 1/3 esoph. Frequently repeat trans esophageal ultrasound shows complete absence of any residual mucosal tumor. At times residual tumor cells only present in submucosa of remaining esoph and this is the most common cause of recurrence. This exam must be repeated along with PET/CAT. Read more...