April 10, 2006 |
Heartburn, that almost quintessential American medical malady, now appears to be driving the nation's fastest-increasing type of cancer. And the antacids used to ease the symptoms could, in some cases, do more harm than good. The cancer, a type of esophageal disease called adenocarcinoma, is relatively rare. However, incidence has jumped sixfold in the last 30 years. No one knows exactly why esophageal cancer is on the rise, but experts say heartburn is the natural suspect.
March 28, 2009 |
Is there anything left in life that isn't linked in some way to cancer? Not hot tea apparently. An international group of scientists has now connected it with esophageal cancer. The problem doesn't appear to be the tea itself, but the temperature at which it is consumed, their study found. Residents of Golestan province in northern Iran have one of the highest rates of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in the world.
June 4, 2012 |
Richard Dawson, the “Hogan's Heroes” actor and original “Family Feud” host who died Saturday from complications of esophageal cancer, learned of his diagnosis only three weeks before his death, according to his children. “Luckily, he didn't have to go through all the bad treatments and stuff,” son Gary told “Access Hollywood” on Monday, elaborating on a comment made to The Times over the weekend. “He had a heart attack and went in the hospital. He was actually going in for his first radiation treatment when he had a heart attack.” Daughter Shannon said there were no signs before the diagnosis.
January 24, 2005 |
Black esophageal cancer patients in the United States are half as likely as whites to get surgery that can help them live longer and often do not even see a surgeon, researchers have found. Only 25% of black American patients studied underwent surgery that can cure this form of cancer in some cases, compared with 46% of white patients, said the researchers in the United States and the Netherlands.
November 13, 1998 |
One type of cancer of the esophagus has increased more than 350% among white men in the last 20 years, and researchers say the reasons may include smoking and an increase in obesity. The study, published in the journal Cancer, reported that annual cases of adenocarcinoma rose from 0.7 cases per 100,000 in 1974-76 to 3.2 cases per 100,000 in 1992-94. Nearly 90% of patients with esophageal cancer die within five years of contracting the disease.
May 16, 2013 |
His wife was a patient at the clinic where I worked in my early days as a doctor. I saw her regularly for hypertension. But on one visit, she was more concerned about her husband - let's call him Pedro. He was having stomach pains and difficulty swallowing. I told her to make an appointment for him with me. When I saw him, Pedro explained that he had lost weight and was having trouble swallowing solid food. A barium swallow study confirmed my fears: He had esophageal cancer. Another doctor at the clinic received the report before I saw Pedro again and made an urgent referral to surgery.