Living with Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal cancer is a serious disease, and learning to live with it is challenging. Apart from having to cope with the physical and medical challenges, people with esophageal cancer face many worries, feelings, and concerns that can make life difficult. They may find they need help coping with the emotional as well as the practical aspects of their esophageal cancer diagnosis. In fact, attention to the emotional burden of having cancer is often a part of a patient's treatment plan. The support of the health care team (doctors, nurses, social workers), esophageal cancer support groups, and patient-to-patient networks can help people living with esophageal cancer feel less isolated and distressed, and improve the quality of their lives. Cancer support groups provide a setting in which cancer patients can talk about living with esophageal cancer with others who may be having similar experiences. Patients may want to speak to a member of their health care team about finding a support group for esophageal cancer.