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Prognosis

The earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate. About three-quarters of patients diagnosed with stage 0 esophageal cancer live at least five years. For those with stage I disease, almost half survive five years. But most cases of esophageal cancer are diagnosed at more advanced stages.

With or without surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can help improve quality of life. They can also prolong survival, even when the disease is advanced.

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