August 30, 2015
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Esophageal Cancer (cont.)

Follow-up Care

You'll need regular checkups (such as every 3 to 6 months) after treatment for cancer of the esophagus. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. If you have any health problems between checkups, contact your doctor.

Cancer of the esophagus may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for the return of cancer. It may return in the chest or it may return in another part of the body, such as the liver.

Checkups also help detect health problems that can result from cancer treatment. Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, chest x-rays, CT scans, endoscopy, or other tests.

Sources of Support

Learning that you have cancer of the esophagus can change your life and the lives of those close to you. These changes can be hard to handle. It's normal for you, your family, and your friends to need help coping with the feelings that a diagnosis of cancer can bring.

Concerns about treatments and managing side effects, hospital stays, and medical bills are common. You may also worry about caring for your family, keeping your job, or continuing daily activities.

Many people can help you manage these concerns:

  • Doctors, nurses, and other members of your health care team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities.
  • Social workers, counselors, or members of the clergy can be helpful if you want to talk about your feelings or concerns. Often, social workers can suggest resources for financial aid, transportation, home care, or emotional support.
  • Support groups can also help. In these groups, people with esophageal cancer or their family members meet with other patients or their families to share what they have learned about coping with the disease and the effects of treatment. Groups may offer support in person, over the telephone, or on the Internet. You may want to talk with a member of your health care team about finding a support group.
  • NCI's Cancer Information Service can help you locate programs, services, and NCI publications. Call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Or, chat using LiveHelp (https://livehelp.cancer.gov), NCI's instant messaging service.

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/esophageal_cancer/article.htm

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