There has just been a medical paper published that confirms what many people here know instinctively - that weight loss is common after an oesophagectomy, and that the digestive effects linger on for a long time.
I hope that the link works, and there is no open access to the full document, but the conclusions were:
In total, 92 of 104 10‐year survivors (88·5 per cent) responded to the questionnaires. Weight loss was greatest within 6 months of surgery. Patients with eating difficulties with or without weight loss reported clinically and statistically significantly worsened HRQoL [health-related quality of life] in almost all aspects. The largest MD [average/mean difference?] was seen between 5 and 10 years after surgery for global quality of life, physical, role and social function (MD –22 to –30), as well for fatigue, nausea, dyspnoea [shortness of breath], insomnia, appetite loss and diarrhoea (MD 24–36).
I do not think that this report is likely to cheer anybody up, but it does emphasise that if you have these problems you are not alone. And at least there is now something in the form of a medial reference source that might persuade the treatment centres to adopt a more systematic approach to dealing with the long term, often gastroenterological-based, symptoms that last long after the cancer aspects have been resolved.