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

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Dr David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr David Cooke
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Dr Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr Scott Mackinnon
Dr Scott Mackinnon
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