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Went to the doctor for a food allergy. We decided to to do an upper and lower GI and boom, they found something and took a few biopsies.
Stage 2-3. This is one of those cases it is very difficult to determine the difference. I am closer to t a 2 because the cancer seems to be only in my lower esophagus.
Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer. It develops in the glands that line your organs. In my case, my lower esophagus.
- Stage 0. Abnormal cells (not yet cancer) are found only in the layer of cells that line the esophagus.
- Stage I. Cancer cells are found only in the layer of cells that line the esophagus.
- Stage II. The cancer has reached the muscle layer or the outer wall of the esophagus. In addition, the cancer may have spread to 1 to 2 nearby lymph nodes (small glands that are part of the immune system).
- Stage III. The cancer has reached deeper into the inner muscle layer or the connective tissue wall. It may have spread beyond the esophagus into surrounding organ and/or has spread to more lymph nodes near the esophagus.
- Stage IV. This is the most advanced stage. The cancer has spread to other organs in the body and/or to lymph nodes far from the esophagus.
Treatment options for esophageal cancer by stage may involve the following:
- Stage 0 . Options include surgery, photodynamic therapy, radiofrequency ablation, or endoscopic muscosal resection.
- Stage I, II, and III . Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation
- Stage IV . Chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy; treatment for this stage focuses on "palliative" therapy. Palliative therapy is meant to relieve the pain and difficulty swallowing caused by cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, the percentages of people who live for at least five years after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer (taking into account that some people with esophageal cancer will have other causes of death) is 43% for localized cancer to the esophagus, 23% for cancer that has spread regionally, and 5% with distant cancer spread.
Esophageal cancer. More specific, adenocarcinoma. It was caused after years of acid reflux.
Let me be frank, once you have cancer, you are to live with it for the rest of your life. I am to go 5-6 weeks of radiation, and chemo. After it is all done, I will have a huge surgery.
To diagnose esophageal cancer, your doctor will review your symptoms, medical history, and examine you. In addition, they may order certain blood tests and X-rays.
As with many cancers, esophageal cancer treatment has a greater chance of success if the cancer is caught early. Unfortunately, by the time esophageal cancer is diagnosed for many people, it is often already in an advanced stage (has spread throughout the esophagus and beyond).
Treatment of esophageal cancer depends on many factors, including the stage of the cancer and the overall health of the patient.
- About 19,260 new esophageal cancer cases diagnosed (15,310 in men and 3,950 in women)
- About 15,530 deaths from esophageal cancer (12,410 in men and 3,120 in women)
Esophageal cancer is more common among men than among women. The lifetime risk of esophageal cancer in the United States is about 1 in 125 in men and about 1 in 417 in women.
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