Esophageal cancer describes the cancer that occurs in the esophagus. Once a patient suspects an esophageal cancer, he should consult a doctor. The treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, laser therapy and electrocoagulation and the like. A patient should make sure to discuss it with his doctor to have a proper treatment.
Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus which is a hollow and long tube which runs from the throat to the stomach. The esophagus carries swallowed food to the stomach in order to be digested.
There are two main types of esophageal cancer: 1) squamous cell carcinoma: cancer that forms in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells lining the esophagus, 2) adenocarcinoma: cancer that begins in glandular cells. Besides, the following conditions may increase the risks of getting esophageal cancer: 1) heavy tobacco use, 2) heavy alcohol use, 3) bile reflux, 4) achalasia, 5) drinking hot liquids, 6) eating few fruits and vegetables, 7) gastroesophageal reflux disease, 8) obesity, 9) undergoing radiation treatments and the like. The common symptoms include difficulty swallowing, weight loss without reasons, chest pain, chest pressure, chest burning, worsening indigestion or heartburn, coughing or hoarseness.
The treatments of esophageal cancer may include: 1) Surgery: the surgery is called esophagectomy, which can remove the affected part of esophagus. 2) Radiation therapy: it is used to kill the cancer cells and prevent them from returning. 3) Chemotherapy: it is used to destroy cancer cells or to stop them from dividing. 4) Chemoradiation therapy: it combines chemotherapy and radiation in order to increase the effects of both. 5) Laser therapy: it is a laser beam that can destroy the cancer cells, too. 6) Electrocoagulation: it is the use of electric current to destroy the cancer cells.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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