Esophagus Cancer Overview

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Some questions to ask your doctor about cancer of the esophagus

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question that's on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the type of esophagus cancer I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the esophagus?
  • What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean in my case?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are there other doctors I need to see?
  • How often have you treated this type of cancer?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend? Why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • What are the chances my cancer can be cured with these options?
  • What are the risks or side effects that I should expect? How long are they likely to last?
  • How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • Should I follow a special diet?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • What are the chances my cancer will come back with this treatment plan?
  • What would we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • Where can I get more information and support?

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Last Medical Review: 12/26/2012
Last Revised: 12/26/2012