esophageal cancer caught early

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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 12/31/2011 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
anyone have stats on survival rate? I see 80% thrown around a lot...

i.e.

Stage 0. This is the best-case scenario for a person diagnosed with esophageal cancer; in this stage of cancer, the disease has just begun to develop and has not spread beyond the lining of the esophagus. There are typically very few or no symptoms in this stage. Between 80 and 90 percent of esophageal cancer patients diagnosed in stage 0 can expect to survive five years following their treatment.

and...


Eventually, he developed cancer, but thanks to a leading-edge cancer-screening study led by Fred Hutchinson scientists, his disease was detected so early that it couldn't yet be seen by the naked eye. He had surgery to remove part of his esophagus and has been cancer-free for 15 years.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/31/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
 
I am sorry you are stuck on this merry-go-round of "what if?" thinking and looking for all the possible info you can on the chances and outcomes of being dx with esophageal cancer. 

When you find yourself wondering, "What if..." Stop! Take a deep breath; breathe in through the nose, hold the air in your lungs for a count of four, then slowly let the air out through the mouth. While you are doing this, consider the possibility that you are being unrealistic and irrational. Focus on positive or neutral outcomes.

Take a break from googling. Don't saturate yourself with stressful information.

You will be OK.  You have my support and I wish you a Happy New Year.

Kindly,

Kitt

 



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opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/31/2011 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Great advice Kitt!

I too was a stuck in the google trap and scared myself to death. I found it was best to listen to what my doctor said and leave it at that.

Take care,
Bill
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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/1/2012 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. Trust me, I know I am more pessimistic than most. But I just look for info to be as best informed as possible.

After reading the study that found that heartburn symptoms correlate with cancer risk despite esophageal mucosal state (Barrett's, or normal, etc.), I got scared that just b/c I don't have Barrett's might not mean much. In fact, at least w/ Barrett's you are on a revision to hopefully catch it early, but for someone without it chances of catching it early are probably a lot worse. The study found, as far as I understand it, that two people with the same reflux symptoms and duration have roughly the same cancer risk regardless of whether they have Barrett's or not...so that is what got me on the search.

It is just tough dealing with this at a relatively young age. I have a young family and even though I know the odds are that I won't get esophageal cancer...I'll be the perfect candidate...long-term GERD, caucasian, male, etc. It is just tough for someone like me to accept scary odds and roll the dice each year, even though on a meta-scale the odds aren't that bad. On an individual scale who is to say someone won't get a progression to cancer at a young age.

Anyway, I know I am being excessively negative. I admit it :)

mock turtle
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   Posted 1/1/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
theacidrefluxman

what are the four or five most effective things you can do to lower your risk ?

do them and stop beating yourself up

heres my list

eat all kinds of berries and raw cruciferous vegetables especially broccoli sprouts

dont over eat

sleep inclined

get scoped as often as the system will allow

take meds if you can handle the side effects and they work for you.... and... or get an operation if allowed

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beyond this all we can do is look rationally at the odds, realizing that we are unlikely to get esophageal cancer, although our risk is greater than the general population

and then meditate calm,..... think calm,.... hypnotize calm,..... breath calm

knowing you have done what you can reasonable do to help yourself,

i believe that my fate is up to a higher power and forces much greater than us...

in life, often, "control is an illusion....ride it out and try to worry less

a person should only have to die once

im sending you a big hug!
hang in there, ok!

mock turtle
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