Esophageal Cancer

From the New England Journal of Medicine:

“Esophageal cancer is one of the least studied and deadliest cancers worldwide.”

“The overall survival rate at five years is poor but has increased from 4 percent in the 1970s to 14 percent currently.”

“Multivariate analyses suggest that a weight loss of more than 10 percent of body mass, dysphagia, large tumors, advanced age, and lymphatic micrometastases (identified by immunohistochemical analysis) are independent predictors of a poor prognosis.”

“Although chemotherapy can palliate symptoms in many patients, the response to chemotherapy typically lasts no longer than a few months, and survival is short, rarely exceeding one year.”

Nana has already beat the odds, at age 92 having survived two years since her initial diagnosis, but I think this time around the outlook is pretty bleak.

Comments 1

  1. semer wrote:

    I don’t feel like there’s much I can say besides, I truly hope for the best, because your Nana is a really wonderful person.

    Also, I’m here if you need me for whatever I can do, not that I know what that is. If you know, though, just tell me, and I’ll do it.


    (I am also able to provide you with an infinite number of distracting kitten pictures. They don’t help, but they do have the advantage of being kitten pictures.)

    Posted 15 Mar 2007 at 01:52

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