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What do I need to know about caring for someone with esophageal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In caring for a person with esophageal cancer, it is important to remember that the disease has both physical and psychological effects. People with esophageal cancer (especially those undergoing treatment) might need help accomplishing daily tasks such as preparing special meals and running errands. They might also need help dealing with side effects of treatment (such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea), as well as pain. It is also important to talk to somebody with cancer, as well as listen. Just being available and providing company can help reduce the anxiety related to the disease.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.