Patient Comments: Esophageal Cancer - Prognosis & Follow-Up Care

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What type of follow-up care did you receive for your esophageal cancer? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Kay, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 08

I had chemotherapy and esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Now my internal medicine physician wants to prescribe inhaled nasal steroids for allergies and possibly inhaled corticosteroids for COPD. I wonder if there are any concerns for immune suppression and recurrence. I am 4 years out of surgery.

Comment from: Queenslander, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

I was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer at age 54 in 2009. I was very fit and first symptom was chest pain at the end of 10k run. I went through chemotherapy and radiation well, but became invalid after operation. It took 20 months before I could start exercising and living normally again. Five years on from operation, I'm managing 1k swims 3 times per week + 2-3 runs of 10 to 12k (though time is not what used to be). Tip is to give yourself time to recover from the operation.

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