Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer refers to cancer that develops in the esophagus. This esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus. Men are more likely to develop this cancer. The signs and symptoms include difficulty swallowing, unexplained weight loss, chest pain, and heartburn.

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My mother was successfully treated for stomach cancer earlier but is now diagnosed with inoperable malignant stenosis of the esophagus. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, and she got surgery to remove 85 % of her stomach, followed by chemotherapy of six cycles which she completed in the first quarter of this year. All subsequent tests and scans showed promising results with no sign of cancer. A few ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your description says that cancer has advanced. So surgery is not feasible. I suggest taking an opinion from a radiation oncologist. If radiation is feasible, you can go for radiation and chemotherapy. If cancer has advanced too much even for radiation, it is not a goo...  Read Full »

My 56-year-old father has difficulty in swallowing food. Could it be because of esophagus cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, My 56-years-old father has been complaining about difficulty in swallowing for four months. So we did an endoscopy and CT scan, and it looked like a 1.5 cm neoplasm. We thought it was esophagus cancer. But the biopsy showed no sign of dysplasia or metaplasia (in the first biopsy). Th...  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The pathology reports are considered more accurate as the tissue sample is examined. So even if the CT (computed tomography) scan showed neoplasia-like features, a pathology report is followed when it comes to treatment. I have g...  Read Full »

Will taking a contraceptive pill in a woman with cancer cause serious health problems?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend has stage three esophageal cancer. Her doctor said that she is recovering well. She had unprotected sex with her fiance. She is in a panic now. She has planned to take Unwanted 72 pills to prevent a pregnancy. But my question is, will she have serious health issues if she tak...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have missed mentioning if the patient is currently on treatment or post treatment. If she is on chemotherapy or radiation therapy, she should not get pregnant. But taking contraceptive medicines does not affect cancer in any way. She can take these pills without ...  Read Full »

Will esophageal cancer be cured with surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is suffering from cancer of the esophagus. I have attached her reports, and she does not want to go through radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Can it be treated through surgery only? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your provided images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Thanks for uploading all of them. It is very easy for a doctor to say the patient denied chemotherapy and radiotherapy and took responsibility for the same. Hence, the outcome of the tr...  Read Full »

Are the symptoms of globus sensation and food sticking to the throat likely to be esophageal cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, For a few weeks, I have a globus sensation in my throat. Also, for a week or two, I have a burning sensation behind my breastplate (acid reflux), and food does not seem to go down as well as it used to go. I have a feeling that food is sticking in my esophagus. I have attached a CT sc...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing to us. There are no features of cancer of the esophagus in the CT neck scan images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There are few small bilateral cervical lymph nodes and are not significant. The esophagus is collapsed in t...  Read Full »

Did my GERD symptoms worsen due to esophageal cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I have GERD for a decade. I manage it by taking H2 blockers and antacids. I have heartburn on and off for the past few weeks. It becomes worse when I lie down. I do not have problems while swallowing and I have not lost weight. I am taking Prilosec for the past ten days and it takes care o...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not know the findings of your previous endoscopy. If you have attached it, it can help to provide you a proper diagnosis. Approximately fifty percent of the population develop GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in their lifetime. Five percent of people with GER...  Read Full »

What could I do to maintain the health of my mentally disabled uncle who throws up often?

Query: Hi doctor, My uncle is mentally disabled. Before he used to eat well and he was a healthy person, but the problem was that he eats fast and he could not control himself. And now everything he eats or drinks, he throws up immediately. Doctors said that his throat has narrowed and he should eat only ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, with the provided information, unfortunately, there is a high suspicion of esophageal (food pipe) cancer or stomach cancer. He should undergo an immediate upper GI (gastrointestinal) endoscopy. Since doctors said that he has narrowing of the esophagus, they ...  Read Full »

I have on and off acid reflux as well as mild dysphagia. Is this esophageal cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26-year-old male. I have been experiencing on and off acid reflux for a few weeks as well as mild dysphagia (strangely only at breakfast). I am afraid of esophageal cancer. I do not smoke and drink. I exercise regularly, and I am not overweight. I have no family history of any ca...  Read Full »


Dr. Jennifer Schwartz

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, I would like to reassure you that dysphagia and reflux symptoms are very common and more common than esophageal cancer. I want to reassure you that this is very unlikely to be esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is more common in older patients who have a his...  Read Full »

How to get reassured that I do not have stomach cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I will be honest and say this is primarily for reassurance from a fear of esophageal and stomach cancer as I suffer very badly from chronic hypochondriasis, for which I am getting treatment for in the form of CBT and on Venlafaxine 225 mg. I am a 43 year old male. I was a social smoker ti...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms require evaluation as this could be simply gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause reflux and stucking of food. Since your endoscopy and biopsy reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) are concerned, they are all n...  Read Full »

Can the polyps in the esophagus be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife had an endoscopy, and they found polyps in her esophagus. I am so worried that it could be cancer. Can it be cancer?  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Polyps in the upper gastrointestinal tract are most commonly due to erosive gastritis, acid reflux disease, chronic H.pylori infection, peptic ulcers, etc. Yes, they could be cancerous growth too. To help you better, I need following details. What were her symptoms, for ...  Read Full »

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