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What questions should you ask your doctor if you're diagnosed with gastroesophageal (GE) junction adenocarcinoma?

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Bring this list of questions to ask your doctor during your exam:

  • What type of GE junction cancer do I have? What does that mean for me?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What is the goal of each one?
  • Which treatment do you recommend? How might it affect my cancer?
  • What side effects can it cause?
  • What should I do to manage side effects if I have them?
  • Who will be on my medical team?
  • What is the outlook for my condition?

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Key Statistics for Esophageal Cancer," "Living as an Esophagus Cancer Survivor," "Radiation Therapy for Esophageal Cancer," "Surgery for Esophageal Cancer," "Targeted Therapy for Esophageal Cancer," "Tests for Esophageal Cancer," "What is Cancer of the Esophagus?"

Annals of Thoracic Surgery : "The Society of Thoracic Surgeons guidelines on the diagnosis and staging of patients with esophageal cancer."

Cancer.Net: "Esophageal Cancer: Questions to Ask the Doctor."

Cancer Research UK: "About gastro oesophageal junction cancer," "Survival," "Treatment for gastro oesophageal junction cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Esophageal Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Migration of Gastric Cancer to the GE Junction."

Medscape: "Esophageal Cancer."

NHS: "Living with oesophageal cancer."

Radiation Oncology : "Clinical management of gastroesophageal junction tumors: past and recent evidences for the role of radiotherapy in the multidisciplinary approach."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 06, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Key Statistics for Esophageal Cancer," "Living as an Esophagus Cancer Survivor," "Radiation Therapy for Esophageal Cancer," "Surgery for Esophageal Cancer," "Targeted Therapy for Esophageal Cancer," "Tests for Esophageal Cancer," "What is Cancer of the Esophagus?"

Annals of Thoracic Surgery : "The Society of Thoracic Surgeons guidelines on the diagnosis and staging of patients with esophageal cancer."

Cancer.Net: "Esophageal Cancer: Questions to Ask the Doctor."

Cancer Research UK: "About gastro oesophageal junction cancer," "Survival," "Treatment for gastro oesophageal junction cancer."

Cleveland Clinic: "Esophageal Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "The Migration of Gastric Cancer to the GE Junction."

Medscape: "Esophageal Cancer."

NHS: "Living with oesophageal cancer."

Radiation Oncology : "Clinical management of gastroesophageal junction tumors: past and recent evidences for the role of radiotherapy in the multidisciplinary approach."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 06, 2017

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