At Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, we are committed to providing comprehensive information and support for those affected by esophageal cancer. This blog post aims to help our website audience and anyone interested in learning more about this disease by discussing its causes, symptoms, and the treatment options available at our institute.
What is Esophageal Cancer?
Esophageal cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the esophagus, the long hollow tube connecting the throat to the stomach. There are two main types of esophageal cancer: squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in the flat cells lining the esophagus) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that produce and release mucus and other fluids).
Risk Factors for Esophageal Cancer:
Several factors contribute to the development of esophageal cancer, including:
Excessive alcohol consumption
Chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Age (most cases occur in people over 50)
Gender (men are more likely to develop esophageal cancer than women)
Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer:
Common symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
Unexplained weight loss
Chest pain, pressure, or burning
Persistent heartburn or indigestion
Chronic cough or hoarseness
Diagnosis and Treatment Options at Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute:
Our institute offers comprehensive diagnostic services for esophageal cancer, including endoscopy, imaging tests, and biopsies. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, our team of specialists will work with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan, which may include:
Surgery:Surgical procedures to remove the tumor and affected lymph nodes, either through an open or minimally invasive approach.
Radiation therapy: High-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or stop their growth.
Chemotherapy:The use of drugs to kill cancer cells or stop their growth, either by destroying the cells or preventing their division.
Targeted therapy: Medications designed to target specific aspects of cancer cells, leading to their destruction or limiting their growth.
Immunotherapy:Treatments that work by stimulating the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells.
Support Services at Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute:
We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their families. That’s why we offer a range of support services, including:
Patient education: We provide educational resources and workshops to help patients and their families better understand esophageal cancer, its treatment options, and coping strategies.
Nutritional counseling: Our registered dietitians offer personalized guidance on maintaining a balanced diet to support overall health and treatment goals.
Psychological support:We offer counseling services to help patients and their families cope with the emotional challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
At Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, our mission is to provide comprehensive care and support for those affected by esophageal cancer. With a multidisciplinary team of specialists, cutting-edge treatment options, and dedicated support services, we are committed to improving patient outcomes and quality of life. If you or a loved one is facing a diagnosis of esophageal cancer, our team is here to help.