General & Digestive Surgery

Esophageal and Stomach Cancer Surgery

This surgery is very well known, so depending on the place where the cancer is, it can be treated with one technique or another. Different techniques are applied depending on the connection of the tumour between the oesophagus and the stomach.

If you currently require this type of surgery, do not hesitate to speak to our medical committee. They will evaluate your case and propose an immediate solution.

Treatment characteristics

Esophageal and stomach cancer surgery is the type of treatment used to resect the affected part indicated for tumors in the esophagus and stomach.

 

Risk factors, among others, for this pathology:

Age and sex (usually patients between 55 and 70 years old and more men than women)

 

Some symptoms for these cancers are;

Poor appetite and weight loss (without being on a diet)

Abdominal pain

Unspecified discomfort in the abdomen, feeling of fullness at any meal, however small, and indigestion

Acidity or heartburn

Nausea and/or vomiting, with or without blood

Swelling or accumulation of fluid in the abdomen

Blood in the stool

Surgery for stomach cancer is performed in stages I to III when the tumor is normally considered “resectable” and therefore operable. 

This surgery is known as a gastrectomy (with or without lymphadenectomy depending on the stage).

This intervention is performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires between 3 to 6 hours.

It consists of removing, totally or partially, the stomach and the possible affected areas (nodes or other parts of tissues). 

 

After your time in the recovery room, you may need to spend a night in the ICU. You will have to stay on the hospital ward for 6 to 10 days.

After this intervention, the use of chemotherapy and even radiotherapy can be considered as post-surgical therapies to try and eradicate the cancer.

The result varies depending on each patient, their physical condition and the tumour stage.

If we are in the first two phases, the probabilities of overcoming this disease are very high.

The probabilities of being clean of cancer diminish according to the stage so there will be cases in which our treatment is focused on maintaining a quality of life as satisfactory as possible.

The time in Spain will depend on the stage in which the disease has been detected and when you begin treatment.

You may need two to three months, or more, depending on the specific recommendations given by your doctor.

If you came to us in the early stages, you may be able to return home after a month or two, although you will need to follow a strict check-up regime (in your country or in ours) to monitor your progress.

Please note that the first five years after the initial treatments are the most critical in terms of relapses, but after this time, if the results of the control tests confirm it, we would be able to safely declare that we have overcome the disease.

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