What Is an Esophageal Cancer Prognosis?

Q:
What Is an Esophageal Cancer Prognosis?

A:
A prognosis is a doctor’s opinion of how an illness or disease will develop. The favourable factors include the following:

  • Early-stage disease.
  • Complete resection.

If you are diagnosed with early-stage esophageal cancer and your doctor removes the malignant part of your esophagus, it means you have an excellent prognosis. In most cases, esophageal cancer is a treatable disease, but it is rarely curable. The overall 5-year survival rate in esophageal cancer patients ranges from 5% to 43%, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database.

However, survival rates and prognoses are at best rough estimates. Please talk to your doctors to know how well these numbers may apply to you, becaus he/she knows your situation best.

 

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