Esophageal cancer is relatively common and one of the most deadly of all the associated diseases.
As recent as 1998, 12,000 of the 12,300 new cases died of their disease.
This is partly because of the location within the body.
It’s hard to watch television for more than a few minutes without seeing a commercial about some pharmaceutical product to control heartburn or acid reflux.
Acid reflux, or stomach acids rising into the esophagus and damaging cells (known as squamous cells), is the leading cause of this disease. These damaged squamous cells lead to more than 80% of all esophageal cancers.
It’ll make you think the next time you eat greasy ribs and then reach for the anti-acids.
When damaged squamous cells reproduce and make more abnormal cells, they grow, and invade more of the esophagus.
Oncoming symptoms can be: difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia.
Often times, without realizing it, the victim will change eating habits to compensate for difficult swallowing. They may eat softer foods, less meat, and less bread.
When the problem gets worse, the person may again change their eating habits to compensate. This time they may stop eating solid foods altogether, and change to a liquid diet.
The body seems to make excess saliva at this time, and many victims complain of bringing up lots of thick mucus or saliva.
Pain is an additional symptom. This can range from heart burn, to pressure, or burning in the chest. Pain can also be present during, or immediately after, swallowing when food seems to get caught part way down to the stomach.
Because of difficult or painful swallowing, many victims lose body weight. It becomes hard to maintain their previous weight when they can't eat as usual.
Sometimes the area around the disease will bleed. When this blood passes through the digestive system, it can cause dark or black stools. Dark stools should always alarm the person that something is wrong somewhere.
This takes proper testing to diagnose esophageal cancer.
It can involve a barium swallow followed by x-rays. It could also take test to include computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, or insertion of an endoscope to view the area and take a tissue sample for a biopsy.
Staging is set as stage 0,1, 2, 3, 4, or recurrent.
Stage-3 usually includes invasion of the lymph nodes, while stage-4 means it has spread to distant sites, organs, or tissues.
These include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy; with surgery beng the most common treatment used.
During surgery, only the cancerous portions and neighboring lymph nodes can be removed, called Esophagectomy...
The surgical procedure can remove the entire esophagus and the top portion of the stomach, called Radical Esophagectomy.
If the last procedure is used, things get really complex and costly because a new esophagus will need to be constructed of something. They often remove a part of the intestine for this purpose.
Both of the above procedures are most likely followed by chemotherapy.
A newer therapy called Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is sometimes used instead of the above. This therapy uses laser-sensitive Porfirio sodium, a chemical, injected into the tumor site. After injection, a laser beam targets the chemicals to destroy the tumor.
5-Year rates are as follows:
When the cancer is Localized: 38%: Regional: 20%; and Distant: 3%
Even including the worst cases, the clinic this author went to in Mexico reports an awesome 85%, 5-year success ratio.
This statistic means 5-years after natural treatments for esophageal cancer, 85% of patients were still living and were clear of cancer, or cancer is in remission and causing no symptoms.
My Name is Peggy Sue Roberts, the author of this website.
In 2007 I lived in Riverside, California, USA when I was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer and told I had as short as 3-months to live.
Oncology almost killed me with chemo, and then sent me home to die.
I researched the internet, talked to friends, networked, shopped, and found a wonderful Mexican Cancer Clinics which was recommended by a American nationally known investigative reporter.
He had researched over 300-natural clinics worldwide and recommended this one particular clinic in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.
This clinic has an impressive 85%, 5-year success rate which I’m positive you’ll want to go to!
After a few weeks of non-painful, natural treatments, I walked out of the clinic clear of cancer and ready to live again. I’m sure you can too if you get there in time for them to help you.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
The Bible, Hosea 4:6
Thank you for visiting my website. I wish you and your family the best of health and happiness.
Peggy Sue Roberts, Southern California, USA
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