Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Symptoms and Signs

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

Comment from: filthyrich, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 20

My dad noticed a weakness and lack of energy feeling that persisted for two months. He took sick leave at work. He suffered from acid reflux a lot and worked in an environment for 30 years where he inhaled alcohol solvents and poison. He continued to lose weight. He lost his appetite and had no energy and vomited after meals. Tests showed Esophagus cancer. It progressed rapidly and two months after diagnosis, he was dead. RIP Buck.

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Comment from: froggietoyou, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 25

My husband was diagnosed Dec. 24, 2008 with esophageal cancer. After a lung biopsy, he also has squamous cell lung cancer. A PET scan also showed cancer in a lymph node in the middle of his chest area. He started chemo and radiation therapy in February of 2009. After the second round of chemo and 24 days of radiation, he has gotten so sick. He can't eat, and he can barely drink. He was in the hospital for severe dehydration, nausea, and pain with swallowing. After a few days, they sent him home for me to take care of. The doctors seem to think it's side effects of the treatments, which they have discontinued indefinitely. I agree with that but, I also think the cancer is getting worse.

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Comment from: Janmitra, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I started experiencing pain in the middle of my chest and at the backside of my body in October of 2007. In March of 2008, it was detected that I have esophageal cancer. This was detected in an endoscopy. Well, so far I am OK after chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I haven't needed an operation.

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Comment from: fmoreno68, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I started to feel a heartburn type of sensation right after swallowing food. It wasn't painful and it went away within a few minutes. It started about 4 weeks before I saw the doctor. He ordered the endoscopy right away and discovered the tumor at the junction of the stomach and the esophagus. Biopsy indicated the presence of "squamos cells".

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Comment from: dolphinluvr2405, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My father and mother both had esophageal cancer. My father has passed, and my mother is getting ready to. The symptoms were very different for each one. My dad's symptoms started as heartburn, and my mom's got to where she could not eat. Both had chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove the esophagus, none of it did any good. My dad lived three and a half years; supposedly they found it early. They found Mom's at stage 4, one and a half years ago.

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Comment from: healinrain, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 17

My Mother recently was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She had Her Gaul bladder taken out a week ago due to Gaul stones. She is a 72 year old who has been in general good health. Her BP is a little high. The oncologist suggested she have surgery. Her pet scan is scheduled for the 17th of this month. I will let you know how it goes. She is getting a second opinion due to pressure from myself and other family members.

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Comment from: Edward, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 27

If my brother hadn't been tired of heartburn, he may have never known he has esophageal cancer. He was recently diagnosed with stage 4 and I'm scared to my wits end for him and his family. Prayers are already in full-force and he starts chemotherapy immediately. God watch over him and his doctors.

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Comment from: Paul G, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I am 65 next month and yesterday was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. My symptoms are that the first few mouthfuls of food would not past down the end of the esophagus into the stomach. This caused some pain, but drinking a small amount of fluid would help the food pass into the stomach. Some times I would then have severe hiccups. The doctors seem to think I have the early stages, but I have to undergo and endoscopic ultrasound, PET scan and lung function tests before the care team decide on my treatment. I am seriously concerned, but am being positive.

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