October 18, 2018 | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News
“The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has spiked more than sevenfold over the past four decades, far outpacing other tumor types. But the disease is detected early enough to be resected in at least 20% of patients with minimally invasive procedures.
Those findings come from a new epidemiological study of esophageal cancer in the United States. Researchers found that the incidence of EAC rose 733% between 1973 and 2014, according to government data, climbing an average of 5.4% per year during the 41-year period (Figure). The next-fastest form of cancer—breast cancer—rose by 0.9% per year, on average, during that time.”
To read the full article, please visit: gastroendonews.com
Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. There are no routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in earlier stages and symptoms (such as difficulty swallowing, choking sensation, etc…) often occur once the cancer spreads and becomes more difficult (if not impossible) to treat.
Learn the facts about esophageal cancer
-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancer in the US.
-Risk factors include:
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
- poor nutrition,
- tobacco use,
- excessive alcohol use,
- Barrett’s esophagus.
-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.8%.
-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.
-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)
-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 4.6%.
-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.
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We created an ebook titled: “Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories.”
These stories from esophageal cancer survivors have brought us so much inspiration and we are honored to share them with you and with as many people as possible.
While esophageal cancer does have lower survival rates compared to other cancers, it is our hope that those facing a diagnosis and their families also have access to testimony that esophageal cancer can be beat.
Many of those who have shared their story did not “fit the mold” when they were diagnosed. There is a misconception that esophageal cancer “only” affects older, overweight, Caucasian males. However, esophageal cancer is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers. Due to this fact, it is also rapidly affecting both men and women of all ages.
These stories highlight the importance of early detection, routine screening, quality treatment and the significance of staying positive and having hope when you feel hopeless.
Thank you to all of the survivors and/or their family member(s) who have shared their story! To those who are facing a diagnosis or currently battling esophageal cancer, we send you our very best well wishes for health, healing, strength and hope and to all who have passed away, we will forever hold you close in our hearts.
Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories ebook is available in the following formats: epub, mobi (Kindle) pdf, online reader, pdb, txt.
To download a FREE copy of the ebook, please visit: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/881856
Make a Difference!
Kendra Scott Fundraising Event in Chicago, IL benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research FoundationJune 26, 2018
Join us for a fundraising event on Saturday, July 14th from 1-4 PM at Kendra Scott Soutport in Chicago to raise money for esophageal cancer awareness and research efforts! 20% of all proceeds will benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Enjoy sips, sweets and jewels!
Kendra Scott Southport
3426 N Southport Avenue
Not going to be in Chicago that day, but want to participate? Not a problem! You can place a phone order! 708-669-0230.
Together we can raise awareness, and get one step closer to ending esophageal cancer once and for all!
In 2016, Colleen C was diagnosed with Stage II esophageal cancer at age of 29 and shared her experiences on the podcast: Stories with a Purpose.
“Colleen tells her story about overcoming esophageal cancer by relying on family, great medical care, and extraordinary patient navigator. Listen to how this experience has re-energized her focus on care-giving and help for special needs kids.”
To listen to the podcast interview, please click here.
Read Colleen’s story below:
“My name is Colleen and I am currently 31 years old. In March of 2016 at the ripe age of 29, I went to see a GI doctor for chronic heartburn but now I was experiencing intense stomach aches. My doctor essentially thought it was ulcers and wanted me to have an endoscopy done. Low and behold my doctor found a tumor where my stomach and esophagus intersect. The next day I was diagnosed with stage 2 esophageal cancer and my honeymoon was abruptly put on hold. I was a newlywed and scared out of my mind to be diagnosed with a “rare” cancer.
I was also the youngest patient my hospital had ever seen with this type of cancer. Because they had the tumor “exactly where they wanted it” without spreading the completed esophagectomy surgery 2 weeks later. It was then followed by fertility treatments, chemotherapy, and radiation.
I spent my 30th birthday recovering in the CVTU learning how to regain my new “normal” life. Learning how to re-eat was absolutely quite the struggle; in fact i’m still learning my limits. I work out more, watch what I eat, and try to not let anything get in the way of my sense of humor.
If I didn’t make fun of myself and what I was going through I would have never made it out of this horror story. Just because I’m now in remission doesn’t mean I don’t live with the fear everyday that cancer can return. I try to keep my mind busy and my anxiety at bay. I’m loving life and doing my best to advocate early detection for symptoms such as acid reflux and heartburn.”
Esophageal Cancer Fast Facts:
Esophageal cancer has increased over 600% in the past three decades and is currently considered the fastest growing cancer in the United States and western world. Due to it’s rapid increase, esophageal cancer is affecting more and more people: both men and women of all ages and every ethnicity. There are no standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer and symptoms often do not occur until the cancer has spread.
Thank you Colleen for sharing your experiences on the podcast and with The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. As Colleen stated, if there is something off or amiss with your health, please speak to your doctor immediately and remember that you are your own best advocate when it comes to your personal health.
Take Colleen’s advise: “If it doesn’t feel right, get it checked.”
Please join us in raising awareness of esophageal cancer and Colleen’s story by sharing this post!
The fundraiser we are spotlighting in this post is in honor of Robert H., who was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer in Spring 2017 and his daughter, Michele who is fundraising for Rhode Island’s 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run in his honor.
In order to help Michele reach her fundraising goal, her friend, Michelle, will be donating 100% of the sales commission from a Younique Makeup fundraiser now through May 25th, 2018.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is honored to carry out this mission in honor of Robert and we are very thankful to Michele and Michelle for their hard work and generosity.
In Honor of Robert H. by Michele:
My name is Michele and I wanted to share my Dad’s story to raise awareness of Esophageal Cancer. My Dad’s name is Robert H. He is a 69-year-old Vietnam Veteran who also volunteered at Ground Zero in New York City. Besides diabetes, he was always very healthy.
My dad’s journey with esophageal cancer began during Spring of 2017. Initially, my dad unintentionally lost around 8 pounds and suddenly noticed that he had pain in his right upper stomach and in his upper back. He was seen by his primary care doctor and was referred to a gastroenterologist (GI specialist) and for a surgery consult. My dad automatically wanted to see the surgeon since he was in severe discomfort and was told he had gallstones. He then had laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, yet his pain continued.
Instead of improving over the weeks following surgery, he continued to complain of pain and he had lost his appetite. He started to have difficulty swallowing where he was only able to ingest liquids. After 4 weeks, he had a CT scan and endoscopy, which revealed esophageal cancer stage IV. The primary tumor was in the lower half of the esophagus and in some of the lymph nodes. After receiving two mutual opinions from oncology, he began chemotherapy.
After the first chemotherapy treatment, his dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) significantly improved. He has been tolerating the chemotherapy very well and will continue to receive treatments every two weeks. His appetite has now returned back to normal and he is back to enjoying his favorite food, cheeseburgers! His last CT scan showed that his primary tumor and metastases have shrunk. He will have another scan in June to monitor his progress. I am so grateful that he is doing well and is responding well to chemo treatments!
My friend Michelle made an online fundraiser and offered to donate 100% of her sales commission with Younique Makeup to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run so I can reach my goal before I walk in honor of my Dad in RI on June 16th at the 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run. Our fundraiser will run until May 25, 2018,
We thought this would be a fun way for you to score some makeup and donate to a very important cause! I personally like the Splurge Shadow and the Beachfront Bronzer .
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Two ways to support Michele’s fundraising for Rhode Island’s 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run:
Rhode Island’s 7th Annual Esophageal Cancer Walk/Run
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Warwick City Park.
Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 day of. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
T-shirts available for pre-paid guests by May 25th.
Hurry! Sign up today: salgiwalkrun2018.eventbrite.com
Nicole H.’s father, Jon V., was diagnosed in February, 2017, with esophageal cancer. She is hosting The Organic Gallery Pop Up Art Show and Fundraiser on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the White Butterfly in Jackson, New Jersey, to benefit The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation.
Jon shares his experience with esophageal cancer below:
I can’t even spell it, much less “have” it! Ask around….. significant heartburn, acid reflux and the pain and burning that goes with it, burping a burning substance….. often! If you had these symptoms or were significantly over weight or had a history of years of smoking…. or drinking excessive alcohol…. the obvious flaws in your general health profile…. then you had cause to pay attention and have some concern. I had nothing like this to alert me. I was somewhat overweight but not grossly so. My family now tells me I had a cough, one they noticed but that was so “mild” that it never caught my attention.
I’m a singer (barbershop quartet) and I typically sing for an audience scores of times a year. In the very busy singing season of December 2016 when the quartet was singing up to 5-6 gigs a day, I began having significant chest and abdominal pain such that I’d hold on to my chest as we rode gig to gig, “assemble” myself for a 20 minute set, and press on from there. I then knew something was wrong. By the end of December, I had lost 30 pounds because it was painful to eat. Yes, there was a problem.
After my family doctor referred me to my gastroenterologist who did an endoscopic exam with a biopsy, the reality stood out bold and tall. It turns out I had a tumor at the base of my esophagus and a CT scan revealed that the cancer had metastasized to a lymph node in the celiac access. This was a complex cancer.
I learned that being sick is a full time job. I had a port installed to facilitate the chemotherapy I had coming and a PEG tube to ensure I could receive nourishment as needed to keep from starving. Between twelve weeks of chemotherapy treatments and the great discomforts that accompany them, and the many weeks of radiation treatments that drain you of all of your energy, I was rendered powerless. It still had to be done.
Cancer and treatments make one susceptible to nausea and the pain killers make constipation and/or diarrhea real issues. I was blessed to have neither….. but, I did get to participate in blood clots cancer can promote which put me in the hospital for ten days and removed surgical alternatives from my available treatment options.
Finally, when my alternatives were weighed, the statistics for further chemotherapy or further radiation simply did not support participation in such. It was/is, instead, time to seek control of pain, the capacity to eat meals and the best one can do to have some stamina. What is then left is to pursue quality of life, make the best of the time remaining.
The oncologist and the radiologist who have treated me have both brought great compassion and skill to their mission. I am grateful for their work. Now, I have but one practitioner to whom I can turn. I am comforted to know that He brings perfection in all He does.
By: Jon Vickers
The Organic Gallery Pop Up Art Show and Fundraiser will feature local art and photography talent benefiting The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. The Organic Gallery works to bring local art and environment together to enhance the art and create a one of a kind, relaxed art experience. The art show is outdoors and live music from local musicians is also part of the event. Refreshments will be served. 25% of all art sales will go to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation. Please come out and support local artists and underfunded research of esophageal cancer. To learn more about the event, please visit: Facebook.com/events/204851360104711