2: Esophageal Cancer

1 – Intro Three cancer specialists and a graphic design artist discuss cancer.

2 – Bio’s: Pete Schlegel, MD (Medical Oncology)

Courtney Coke, MD (Radiation Oncology)

Mike Riordan (Graphic Design Artist)

Paul Roach, MD (Surgical Oncology)

3 – Timestamps:

[00:05] Courtney, Pete, Mike, and Paul introduce themselves

[06:00] Case of the Day – Esophageal Carcinoma

[28:00] Lesson of the Day- Esophageal Carcinoma

[35:10] Cancer Questions: How do you tell a patient they’ve got cancer?

[41:32] Question: What do I do if my doc doesn’t present me with a plan?

[51:45] Cancer News: Keynote 811 Trial; dual PD-1 & HER2 blockade in HER2(+) Gastric Cancer.

4 – Key Takeaways:

Causes of esophageal cancer (e.g. smoking, alcohol, gastroesophageal disease)

Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer (e.g. difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing).

Immediate actions (e.g. contact Primary Care Physician; seek family, friends, trusted help)

Workup is pretty involved, so don’t be surprised.

Treatment frequently involves endoscopic or surgical procedures, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and now sometimes new kinds of medicines (anti-Her2, anti PD-1 medications, etc).

Don’t be shy! Reach out. Get help. Treatment is available!

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