The goal of this study is to evaluate how treatment for esophageal cancer affects your
quality of life. The findings of this study may help us understand how this disease and its
treatment affect your lifestyle, diet, exercise, support system and overall quality of life.
We hope this study will provide important information that can be used to develop programs
to improve the quality of life of patients with esophageal cancer.
In order to determine the impact of esophageal cancer and its treatment on patients' quality
of life over time, this study will prospectively follow a cohort of patients at specified
intervals, evaluating their physical symptoms, physical and social functioning and overall
quality of life. Medical and sociodemographic factors as well as health behaviors that might
be predictive of adaptation will be tested. This is a preliminary investigation and it is
hoped that we will be able to base future research questions on the results of this study.
- Age 18 or older
- Diagnosis of esophageal cancer.
- Anticipated to undergo surgical resection (Ivor Lewis, Trans Hiatal, McKeown
procedure) of esophageal cancer. (Group 1 patients only)
- Underwent esophagectomy for esophageal cancer at least 18 months prior to consent,
with no evidence of disease. (Group 2 patients only)
- Ability to speak, read and write English.
- Inability to give informed consent.
- Patients anticipated to require a laryngectomy as part of their surgical resection.