Esophageal cancer surgery is a common treatment that may be recommended, depending on many factors such as the size and stage of the tumor as well as the patient’s general health. At Moffitt Cancer Center, the experts within our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program collaborate in regular tumor board meetings to ensure our patients receive treatment plans that are tailored to their unique needs.
If surgery is recommended as part of your treatment plan, you may have many questions about how to prepare and what to expect following the procedure. To help aid in your recovery, here are three activities you should plan to avoid:
- Consuming foods or drinks that cause discomfort – Caffeinated beverages, bread, spicy foods and meats that are tough to chew are just a few examples of the types of food and drink that can increase discomfort following the procedure. In general, you may find that soft foods are more comfortable to consume following your esophageal cancer surgery.
- Tobacco use – Using tobacco products is a risk factor associated with esophageal cancer and is detrimental to your overall health. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid tobacco use following surgery.
- Laying down after eating – A common side effect following surgery is acid reflux. To help avoid this, try staying upright for at least an hour after eating and avoid eating right before bedtime. You may also find it more comfortable to stay slightly elevated while sleeping.
Where should I have my esophageal cancer surgery?
In addition to learning as much as possible about what to expect following the procedure, it is important to choose a reputable cancer center and a surgeon that has a high level of expertise performing esophageal cancer surgery. Because Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, our surgeons possess a unique level of experience treating patients with esophageal cancer, which contributes to improved outcomes and a better quality of life for our patients.