Brief Information on Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer
This time we’d like to discuss about stage 4 esophageal cancer. Why such thing became important for us? Well, it is because the initial treatment of such cancer is based on each stage of the disease. Therefore, the treatment is taken based on how far the cancer has spread in the various organ within the body. A person with esophageal cancer must consult to doctor in order to find various answer regarding the treatment plan s/he recommends.
More information about stage 4 esophageal cancer
Most of the time, stage 4 esophageal cancer defined within a specific condition, which shows us that the cancer has spread to other distant organs or lymph nodes. And so the cancer will be very difficult to get rid of completely. Therefore it is not a good option for someone with stage 4 of the cancer to take such an option as surgery. In most cases, types of treatment for people with stage 4 of the cancer will focus on how to control the cancer as long as possible. In other words, the treatment has a purpose, and it is to relieve any symptoms of cancer.
A doctor may give chemo as an option, along with a drug such as trastuzumab especially if patients has HER2 positive. This option gives in order to help patients live longer and feel better. However, the benefit of having chemo is not clear yet, although it may be used by doctor to help with trouble swallowing or pain. People with stage 4 esophageal cancer may found the cancer which is started at GE junction. For such condition, a drug like Cyramza (ramucirumab) could be an option at some point. Such a drug can be combined with chemo or a doctor may suggest you to consume it alone. In general, people won’t have to had treatments with serious side effects. At this point, they need to receive a treatment that will provide comfort and add more quality of patients life.
We suggest a patient with esophageal cancer (especially in stage 4) to take palliative therapy. The latter aimed at relieving or preventing symptoms of the cancer instead of trying to cure it. Shortly speaking, palliative therapy is there to give comfort to patients and to raise the quality of his or her life. In stage 4 esophageal cancer, palliative treatments will be given if chances of complete recovery is zero.