Esophageal cancer

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What is esophageal cancer?

A malignant epithelial tumor arising from the esophageal mucosa. Two major cell types of esophageal cancer include squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.

Common symptoms reported by people with esophageal cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with esophageal cancer

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
esophageal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Codeine Contin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
esophageal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy (TSEBT))
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
esophageal cancer (1)

Data from patients with esophageal cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with esophageal cancer

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for esophageal cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
burning sensation elevated blood pressure 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
esophageal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Codeine Contin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for esophageal cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Hospitalization swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
esophageal cancer (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Total Skin Electron Beam Therapy (TSEBT))
Perceived effectiveness
for esophageal cancer (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
esophageal cancer (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with esophageal cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has esophageal cancer on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 122 say esophageal cancer is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 0
40s 13
50s 27
60s 35
70+ 43
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 8
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 88
Female 35

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 38
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from esophageal cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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