Treating esophageal cancer in St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou
In St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou, we provide esophageal cancer patients with 18 advanced anticancer technologies and high quality services, and we will try our best to help them improve their living quality, relieve their pain and prolong their survival time. The MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) of St. Stamford Modern Cancer Hospital Guangzhou will tailor therapeutic plan for esophageal cancer patients. Combining minimally invasive therapies with traditional Chinese medicine, esophageal cancer patients can avoid the suffering of traditional operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Meanwhile, experts will monitor the whole treatment and adjust timely to improve the efficacy.
What is esophageal cancer?
Esophageal cancer is kind of malignant lesion in the esophagus. It is one of the most common malignant tumors of the digestive system, which can easily invade into the whole body and spread to any other parts of the body in advanced stage.
Esophageal cancer can be divided into four types:
The most common one is squamous cell carcinoma which amounts for over 90%. The cancerous change and metastasis process of this type last very long.
Other types such as adenocarcinoma of esophagus, small cell undifferentiated carcinoma, carcinosarcoma, which are rarely seen, but have high potential for aggravation.
There are about 300 thousands of people died of esophageal cancer each year, among which, the incidence of male is significantly higher than that of female with a proportion rate of 1.1-17:1. And the incidence is increasing as age goes by (especially after 35 years old). People among 60-69 years old are in high potential for esophageal cancer.
Even looks terrible, people should not be over worried. Paying attention to early symptoms can help to detect early stage esophageal cancer in timely manner and treat it effectively with advanced technology.
What can cause esophageal cancer?
The presence of esophageal cancer combines complicated mixed factors like living habits, physical condition, inherent gene, microelements influence etc. And some believe the prime culprit may go to long term unhealthy living habits or diet habit.
Stages of esophageal cancer
Stage 0: early stage esophageal cancer, it is also called primary esophageal cancer whose cancer cell is just limited to esophageal cuticular layer, without any malignancy changes or invasion to other lymph nodes and organs; so the other surrounding tissues are still normal, in this stage.
Stage I: malignant cells have already invaded into other tissues underneath the cuticular layer. It emerged in the lamina propia or mucous membrane substratum, but had not invaded into the muscle layer yet. Cancer cells won’t spread to lymph node or other organ in this stage, either;
Stage II: cancer cells have invaded into lymph nodes but not into other distant organs;
Stage III:esophageal cancer has invaded to the adjacent tracheas but still no distant metastasis occurs;
Stage IV: esophageal cancer has transferred to many other distant organs through blood circulation, like liver, bone, or even head.