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cancer in the sophagus
Discussion in 'All Categories' started by Pritam Kaur - Jun 29th, 2012 6:17 am.
Pritam Kaur
Pritam Kaur
cancer in esophagus only discovered after 9 years. Radiotherapy and chemo taken for 36 times. After 8 years got esophagus around the same area in esophagus. Dilating throat. unable to eat well. What are the alternatives?
re: cancer in the sophagus by Dr J S Chowhan - Jul 1st, 2012 10:15 am
Dr J S Chowhan
Dr J S Chowhan
Dear Pritam Kaur

It is not possible to give you correct advice just by history because we need to see all your investigations and specially we need to know abot metastasis of the cancer. If it is easy to attempt to cure your oesophageal cancer, your surgeon will remove part of your oesophagus. Just how much the surgeon takes away depends on whereby the oesophagus cancer is.

There are various possible operations used to try to remove oesophageal cancer completely. These operations are major surgery. They are all done under general anaesthetic. Which means you will be asleep for the whole operation. If the cancer has spread for your stomach, you will have to possess the upper part of your stomach removed, along with the affected area of the gullet. This is known as an oesophago-gastrectomy.

You might have negligence your oesophagus that is cancerous removed and the healthy part reattached to your stomach, that the surgeon pulls up in to the chest. Sometimes, the surgeon may prefer to make use of a bit of bowel to exchange the part of the oesophagus that has been taken out rather than joining the oesophagus straight to the stomach. You may want to have the whole of the oesophagus taken out. This operation is called a total oesophagectomy. The surgeon will pull the stomach up into the chest and employ it to exchange the oesophagus. Sometimes, the surgeon may have to take a piece of the large bowel (colon) and employ that to exchange the oesophagus. You will have an abdominal scar after a total oesophagectomy.

Sometime surgeon may find different ways of performing these operations around the gullet. Your surgeon can approach cancer via your neck, chest or abdomen. That is suitable depends mainly on where your cancer is in your oesophagus. This may also depend, to some degree, on whether your surgeon prefers one type of operation or any other. You may hear the terms trans hiatal oesophagectomy or trans thoracic oesophagectomy. This just describes the surgeon approach for surgery. The operations of esophageal cancer are also sometimes named following the surgeon that developed them.

So in my opinion you should contact a good surgeon who has extensive experienced in oesophageal cancer surgery and then probably you will have better treatment.

With regards

J.S. Chowhan
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