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Im sorry to hear about your mother. Can you clarify your medical query, are you asking whether these symptoms can indicate if your mother has oesophageal cancer or not? Or are you asking about the causes for her leg pain and balance issues?
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Hello this is Dr. Stan and I will assist you with your question today. I am board certified and I have 40 years of patient experience. I will be happy to help you today. I'm sorry to hear of your mom's medical problems. It seems that her dehydration has been resolved and her thyroid is under control with the medication. If the consideration of esophageal cancer is considered mom will need to be scoped (have an endoscopy) to determine if there is a tumor and if so a biopsy of the tumor. I would also consider getting mom to a Neurologist and getting a MRI and MRA to rule out Alzheimer's disease or Multi infarct Dementia as a cause of her problems.
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A CT scan can determine a bleed, but the MRI MRA is much more sensitive to determine Alzheimer disease as is an evaluation from a Neurologist.
That's what you are going to find out when she is scoped. If there is no evidence of esophageal cancer, then, conservative therapy would be appropriate. Do your parents have long term health insurance? If so, consider a placement in an Assisted Living Facility for the two of them. If not, then discuss physical therapy to stabilize mom's walking. An aide to assist with meals and bathing (most insurance will cover 4 hours daily) for this help.
If all of the studies come back with normal results and cancer is ruled out, then a form of dementia put be considered. This can cause most of the symptoms mom has (decreased desire to eat, decreased social interaction). Hypothyroidism and Vitamin B12 deficiency and Folate deficiency can also cause her symptoms. If all of these come back normal, then it must be accepted that it is a form of dementia that is the cause.