How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

Get scoped. Symptoms cannot usually differentiate these entities until esophageal cancer is far advanced. If you have had gerd symptoms for a few years, upper endoscopy may be indicated. Consult with a gastroenterologist or surgeon.
You can't. But a gastroenterologist can! so for either of the above you need a diagnosis and proper treatment. Untreated gerd can lead to esophageal cancer! so don't self diagnose but see the experts!
You might not know. Having severe gerd symptoms for many years can cause an increased risk of esophageal cancer from the long-term effects of stomach acid. If over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes don't improve someone's gerd symptoms, an upper endoscopy (looking into the esophagus and stomach with a fiberoptic tube) should be done to look for pre-cancerous changes in the lining of the esophagus.

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Are you more prone to having esophagus polyps after having one with severe GERD and common hiatal hernia?

Not true polyp. esophageal polyps are called pseudopolyp, mean not real polyp, caused by the inflammation driven by the reflux, there are not a true polyp that can turn to cancer and they diseapear with treatment so try to take care of your reflux, follow the diet, no late meal ,or snack, sleep with head elevated, take medication as Rx, avoid caffeine and spicy food, and eat multiple small meal,avoid tight cloth. Read more...

Have haiatal hernia, reflux. On Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg 1x a day. Taking appx.3-4 mos. Get chest pains and reflux. 1/2 hr of eating. Esophageal cancer? Tums to

Depends. These are symptoms of reflux disease. Difficulty swallowing or throwing up blood can be due to esophageal cancer. Some esophageal cancers have no symptoms. If the endoscopy showed certain precancerous changes in the esophagus, then you need a regular screening to check for cancer as reflux is a risk factor for cancer. Read more...
Endoscopy. I doubt you have esophageal cancer. Your symptoms are probably from hiatal hernia. Talk to your dr about switching to another proton pump inhibitor Prilosec or prevaci for example. If you have additional worrisome symptoms consider endoscopy.Also you may benefit from checking with your cardiologist re chest pain, just to cover all contingencies . Good luck. Read more...

I had endoscopy two months ago (gastritis, gerd, h. Hernia). Problems got worse. Is it possible to develop esophagus cancer in that short time?

No, but see your. Doctor to find a cause and effective treatment for your problems, since constant stomach acid in the distal esophagus can lead to an abnormal esophageal lining and could eventually become cancer, but not in 2 months at your age. Read more...
Esophagus Ca. Occurs in people that smoke and drink, or are over weight with reflux. The hpv genes are found in some tumors, no clarity of the implication there. It is rare under 40. It is highly unlikely that cancer is the cause of your symptoms at your age. You might seek a second opinion from a medical GI to root out cause. Read more...

Is it possible to have surgery for an esophageal cancer and a hernia at the same time?

Yes. But, i will advise against it. In esophageal cancer surgery , typically right chest is opened, esophagus with cancer and surrounding non-essential tissues are removed and the stomach is pulled up into the chest after prep in the abdomen and hooked up to the remaining proximal part of the esophagus. Of and by itself, it is already a formidable surgery. Why add another non-critical heniorrhaphy? Read more...