genetic

topaz1947
topaz1947 Member Posts: 24
does anyone here know if this form of cancer is genetic or by association. it seems that more than one person in a family is getting this horrible disease. Also a question, how long does it take before you can eat more than a few bites at a time , I eat a foldover pimento cheese sandwich and I feel overfull. I am so sorry for Susie. Words cant say.

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  • TRK411
    TRK411 Member Posts: 18 Member
    A review of the literature
    A review of the literature does not seemingly suggest a blaring role of heredity in EC. However, as with anything, genetics may provide a predisposition to a disease. Environmental factors and your own personal habits may compound the genetic predisposition and contribute to EC. What I can tell you is that, despite a whole lot of evidence not suggesting a link, I myself have wondered if I am at an increased risk due to my dad's diagnosis. Additionally, another factor to consider is that manner at which one arrived at their diagnosis. That is, was it through GERD, smoking, drinking, etc. Hypothetically speaking, if my dad developed EC from heavy drinking and I don't drink, it will be generally impossible for EC to develop through exposure to alcohol. I hope this helps. Hopefully someone else can address the latter part of your question.
  • dodger21
    dodger21 Member Posts: 85
    TRK411 said:

    A review of the literature
    A review of the literature does not seemingly suggest a blaring role of heredity in EC. However, as with anything, genetics may provide a predisposition to a disease. Environmental factors and your own personal habits may compound the genetic predisposition and contribute to EC. What I can tell you is that, despite a whole lot of evidence not suggesting a link, I myself have wondered if I am at an increased risk due to my dad's diagnosis. Additionally, another factor to consider is that manner at which one arrived at their diagnosis. That is, was it through GERD, smoking, drinking, etc. Hypothetically speaking, if my dad developed EC from heavy drinking and I don't drink, it will be generally impossible for EC to develop through exposure to alcohol. I hope this helps. Hopefully someone else can address the latter part of your question.

    I think it is
    My grandmother died of adenocarcinoma in the '80s and never smoke, drank. She was in her 60s. I'm 35, never smoke, drink or had reflux and they found my Stage 0 by accident. My doctors all say it isn't genetic, but I don't think they've done enough research into this type of cancer to properly say that. I've searched the Internet for any genetic research I could be a part of but found nothing.
    Danielle
  • TRK411 said:

    A review of the literature
    A review of the literature does not seemingly suggest a blaring role of heredity in EC. However, as with anything, genetics may provide a predisposition to a disease. Environmental factors and your own personal habits may compound the genetic predisposition and contribute to EC. What I can tell you is that, despite a whole lot of evidence not suggesting a link, I myself have wondered if I am at an increased risk due to my dad's diagnosis. Additionally, another factor to consider is that manner at which one arrived at their diagnosis. That is, was it through GERD, smoking, drinking, etc. Hypothetically speaking, if my dad developed EC from heavy drinking and I don't drink, it will be generally impossible for EC to develop through exposure to alcohol. I hope this helps. Hopefully someone else can address the latter part of your question.

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  • nancyann3
    nancyann3 Member Posts: 173 Member
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    Thanks for the info Sherri
    I to think a lot of illnesses are genetic. Steve has two family members that have had esophageal problems, but he is the only one with cancer there.

    I have often wondered about our kids.

    Thanks
  • cher76
    cher76 Member Posts: 292
    nancyann3 said:

    Thanks for the info Sherri
    I to think a lot of illnesses are genetic. Steve has two family members that have had esophageal problems, but he is the only one with cancer there.

    I have often wondered about our kids.

    Thanks

    On one of our early trips to
    On one of our early trips to MDAnderson we were asked to participate in a survey being conducted there by a doctor researching possible causes of this terrible disease. The survey mainly delt with the types of food you had eaten in the last year. We found the questions rather interesting. Some of them dealt with eating certain foods together, or eating processed and cured meats (such as sausage), or pickled foods. My husband also had too look at pictures of cooked (charred) meats and identify the one that was looked most closely like the way he ate his meat. I am anxious to see what her research reveals. It would make sense to me that if diet plays a part, it might run in some families as we tend to eat the same, whether because of culture, region, traditions, etc. Has anyone else been asked to participate in any research?
    Cheryl
  • dodger21
    dodger21 Member Posts: 85
    cher76 said:

    On one of our early trips to
    On one of our early trips to MDAnderson we were asked to participate in a survey being conducted there by a doctor researching possible causes of this terrible disease. The survey mainly delt with the types of food you had eaten in the last year. We found the questions rather interesting. Some of them dealt with eating certain foods together, or eating processed and cured meats (such as sausage), or pickled foods. My husband also had too look at pictures of cooked (charred) meats and identify the one that was looked most closely like the way he ate his meat. I am anxious to see what her research reveals. It would make sense to me that if diet plays a part, it might run in some families as we tend to eat the same, whether because of culture, region, traditions, etc. Has anyone else been asked to participate in any research?
    Cheryl

    Foods
    Cheryl,
    I haven't found any research here in Australia but do you reckon there is a particular cancer gene that hasn't been discovered yet that gets turned on when the people with this gene eat acidic foods?