Caution if you have difficulty swallowing! Cancer symptom
Professor of Gastroenterology Department. Dr. Vedat Göral gave information about the subject with the statement "Do not underestimate the swallowing disorder, it may be a symptom of esophagus, stomach cancer or lung tumor".
Difficulty in swallowing may also occur when the person eats too quickly or when he or she is not chewing enough. Not all swallowing difficulties are related to cancer. It can change according to age and diseases. Especially those who start out mildly, tend to increase gradually, and have weakness and anorexia should definitely apply to the gastroenterology department of the hospitals. Because early detection saves lives.
Especially in young women, the difficulty of swallowing may be achalasia disease, which occurs as a result of the psychological or the muscle where the esophagus meets the stomach does not relax while eating. If an advanced male patient has difficulty swallowing, anorexia, anemia and weight loss, it may be a sign of cancer of the esophagus or the first part of the stomach.
Psychological disorders can cause swallowing disorders
Existing psychological disorders can cause discomfort and pain during the passage of food through the esophagus, stuttering, inability to swallow and through the esophagus.
Improper dentures or carious teeth in the mouth can also cause swallowing disorders.
Diseases such as decreased salivation, cerebral palsy, alzheimer's disease, dementia and parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, foreign body in the esophagus, esophageal muscle disorder, reflux disease, cancer in the lower end of the esophagus or first entrance to the stomach, i.e. the presence of a tumoral disease, fungus in the esophagus or inflammation, progressive neurological diseases such as cerebral palsy in children, presence of tracheostomy tube, mouth, larynx or esophagus tumor and surgical operations applied to the head and neck region, radiotherapy or chemotherapies are among the causes of swallowing disorder. Do not underestimate the swallowing disorder, it may be a sign of esophagus, stomach cancer or lung tumor.
There are also separate treatment methods for people with stenosis in the esophagus.
Balloon dilatation in stenosis treatments in the esophagus and botox application in some cases can easily treat the patient. If necessary, an oral-motor rehabilitation program can also be implemented.
Swallowing therapy is accompanied by a speech and language therapist. The patient is taught new ways and methods for effective swallowing.
In addition, physical therapy aims to strengthen the weak muscles of the esophagus. The easiest foods to swallow, soft foods, soups and juices are preferred.