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Books about Esophageal Cancer

Bart Frazzitta, Esophageal Cancer SurvivorWe have presented below several Books about Esophageal Cancer so that people who want to know more about this disease will have a good resource to provide themselves with  that knowledge.
Esophageal Cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States. The current year estimates indicate that there will be over 18,170 new cases diagnosed this year and 15,450 deaths from this disease during that same period.
Since there are so few cases of this cancer each year compared to breast, lung, and colon cancers the amount of attention that is paid to esophageal cancer is less, yet it has a 5 year survival rate of just 17.5%.
Having been an esophageal cancer patient, and now approaching a 15 year survivor time frame, I felt it was important that some attention be paid to this cancer and to help people navigate through it.

100 Questions & Answers about Esophageal Cancer

Several years ago, I joined with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC)   Thoracic Department to write a book called “100 Questions & Answers about Esophageal Cancer”. This book covered all aspects of the esophageal cancer journey, from diagnosis with questions about the Chemo Therapy, Radiation Therapy and Surgery through post surgery issues and the questions and answers that will assist in living beyond this disease. This book was published by Jones and Bartlett and can be purchased at your local bookstore.

Esophagectomy Post Surgical Guide Questions & Answers

We felt, that although this book told the entire story about esophageal cancer, there was a need to address the specific issues a patient who has been through an esophagectomy surgery, would potentially encounter and we developed the book called “Esophagectomy Post Surgical Guide Questions & Answers”.
This book was developed using questions that were gathered from patients who had an esophagectomy. Over the 12 years that I have been talking to patients who have gone through this surgery, I was able to gather a list of questions that I will refer to as the most frequently asked questions dealing with issues that a patient encountered as they journeyed through this disease post surgery.
We then asked the Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation (ECEF)  Medical Advisory Committee  to provide their responses to these questions and that became the basis for the book. We also consulted with social workers who played a role in developing the emotional aspects of the book. This book is published by Authorhouse and can be gotten from your local book store or by going to Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation website .


  • I am a recent survivor. Went through the chemo and radiation, then the operation. I was released from the hospital on April 14, after spending 20 days. I am still trying to get my energy back and hopefully my stomach will eventually settle down. Thank God I found this web site. It has helped me to understand this is a long and slow process.

    • Hi Robert
      We have conference call support groups for post surgery patients. If you are interested we have a group that meets on Wednesday and another group that meets on Thursday both are at 8:00 PM (EST). Go to our web site and JOIN and check yes to support groups and we will follow up with you if you are interested.
      Take care

  • I made a donation to receive Esophagectomy Post Surgical Guide Questions & Answers. But how do I actually download/get access to the book???

  • Hi,
    I have had chemo and radiation treatment to arrest my esophageal cancer but am now considering an esophagectomy to avoid the placement of a stent. Would like information regarding the support conference calls mentioned on this site.
    Also, I made a donation for this sites support and was curious how the book “Esophagectomy Post Surgical Guide” is made available. Does it get mailed to my home address or is there an online copy I now have access to?

    • Hi Dan
      The conference call support groups meet on a Wednesday and another group on Thursday both at 8:00 PM (ET). WE meet once a month for about 1 hour. We will have surgeons on the call and we init Post Surgery patients and their caregivers to be apart of the group. You can join by going to our web site and clicking on the JOIN button and clicking the support group question. Once we get that information and the evening you select we will send you the phone number to call into and the access code to use.
      The book is a soft cover book so we will need your mailing address to get you the book.
      Take care
      Bart Frazzitta

  • I had minimally invasive surgery on June 20th 2019 at PMH I am suffering nightly with throat burning and with saliva filling my mouth. I am taking Gaviscon plus a precription drug called Dexilent that my GP ordered I was taking Pantoprazole up until recently. Due to very limited sleep at night i find myself sleeping throught the day any thoughts on my predicament would be appreciated

    • Several thoughts come to mind. You seem to be experiencing acid reflux at night which is preventing you from getting a good night sleep.
      #! you need to elevate your head, neck, and back to be higher then your stomach. When they did the surgery they took out the valve or muscle at the top of your stomach. there is nothing holding the stomach contents in your stomach. When you lay in bed your stomach can be higher then your head and pure gravity will allow those stomach contents to go up the remaining esophagus and into your throat and cause this acid tasting burning condition. You can aspirate this so you need to make sure you are elevated when you go to sleep.
      #2 make sure you allow at least 2-3 hours of non eating before you go to bed. This will allow your stomach to digest the food it has in it and should help with your acid tasting during sleep.
      #3 you should be eating smaller meals more often. Instead of the three meals a day you should have six meals a day. Look at it as 2 BK,2 Lunches and 2 dinners.
      #4 maintain a food diary so if something bothers your stomach the following day you can look back and determine what may have caused that feeling.
      WE have conference call support groups that meet for an hour each month to discuss issues patients are experiencing. If you would like to be a part of one of our groups go to and click on the join button and say yes to support group question.
      Take care
      Bart Frazzitta

  • Bumpy Kidney one year after surgery.Esophe\agectomy w/gastric pull up. still have problems with acid reflux and fatigue
    Left with half a stomach, anxiety a big problem and maintaining weight. fatigue hits in the afternoon. Worried about bumpy kidney.

    • Hi Diane
      Never heard of a bumpy kidney. Can you explain this to me? We have a web site please click on EC ARTICLES and then acid reflux. Some of the articles here may be of help. How far out of surgery are you? Are you eating solid foods? Are you eating 6 meals a day?
      We have conference call support groups meetings in the evening once a month. If you would like to join, go to our web site and click on JOIN and click on support group we will send you the phone number and access code to use.
      Take care

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