Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Symptoms and Signs

What were the symptoms and signs you experienced with esophageal cancer?

Comment from: Ross, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 08

My dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2010/2011. He lost a lot of weight and when he would eat he would throw up immediately and he had lost over 70 lb. He was an architect and a good I tell u. He had chemotherapy and radiation, then surgery but while he was in the hospital he started to limp. After recovering from surgery he was diagnosed; we found out that it had started in his right ankle which is less than 1 percent. The cancer blew his heel out. He went through radiation but no help. Also chemotherapy did not help. He got sicker and worse. The cancer came out on the cancer. He was in bed for months in 2014. He thought he could walk but he would fall all the time. He fell three times in a week and a half. He was on so much medicine which caused a lot of mental problems. He was in so much pain. He had fallen 3 times within a week and a half. Mom put him in the hospital after the third time. He was diagnosed with an infection in his blood. When released mom had to put him in a nursing home. To make this short I lost my dad in death last here on August 25, 2014.

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Comment from: kimg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I am 52 years old. I have had indigestion and acid reflux all of my life. Last year they told me I was severely red and had severe acid reflux. I am extremely hoarse, my left upper side hurts I can barely eat now as food is getting stuck. My belly is swollen at the top. One thing weird is I sweat horribly when I eat anything. I get the endoscope on this Thursday, and trust me I had to do a lot of screaming to get it. I am nervous about esophageal cancer because something is wrong. I will keep in touch.

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Comment from: Comfort, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: November 13

My mother is 81 years old and has to go for a biopsy in two days from now. She has been coughing for a couple of days now and has difficulty in eating. She only eats liquids, she does not have appetite. The doctor has seen a small sore in her throat. I am wondering if these are signs of esophageal cancer.

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Comment from: lin, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 19

My husband aged 54 was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December and passed away in March. When diagnosed he had a pain in his left side when he was lying down at night and nothing else. Then lymph nodes in his neck became enlarged. An endoscopy and scan showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes in his neck and in his chest. Chemo started immediately, a 21 day cycle, from 8.30 to 4.30 on day one and then a course of tablets, 12 in all, to take for the 21 days. After 3 courses a scan showed that although the chemo was shrinking the tumor the cancer itself was causing blood clots and one had gone to his lung. He then started injecting himself in the stomach every evening, which was a 6 month course, then just before his 4th cycle of chemo he developed another blood clot in his liver. The doctors just couldn't get on top of the clots and eventually one went to his heart and killed him suddenly. We were not aware that blood clots can be caused by cancer or chemo.

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Comment from: nobska98, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I had a biopsy a few days ago, I went to the emergency room (ER) with severe chest pain thinking I was having a heart attack. They did an endoscopy based on my symptoms and found two ulcers in the upper portion of my esophagus and that the opening to my stomach was inflamed. Over the last two months I have had severe fatigue and have gained 35 lb. all in the upper abdomen and have lots of pressure in my abdomen. I'm very nervous.

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Comment from: nise65, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

My husband told me he couldn't swallow, this was in March 2014. I took him to the gastroenterologist, they scoped him and found a mass. Biopsy showed esophageal cancer, the tumor was covering 53% of his throat. In a week they started him on radiation every day for six weeks, and chemotherapy every Tuesday. It infiltrated the walls of the esophagus, his is down near his stomach. On July 23rd, 2014 they are going to remove his esophagus. They are going to build him a new one out of his stomach. I've never been so terrified.

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