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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

Procedures and Treatment

Esophageal cancer occurs in the tube connecting your throat to your stomach, known as the esophagus.

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Who is at risk of esophageal cancer?

Esophageal cancer can form due to chronic irritation of the esophagus. Risk factors include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Barrett’s esophagus (precancerous changes in esophageal cells)
  • Bile reflux
  • Obesity
  • Older age (most cases appear between the ages of 45 and 70)
  • Male sex (men are 3-4 times more likely than women to develop this type of cancer)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Achalasia (difficulty swallowing due to problems with the esophageal sphincter)
  • A habit of drinking very hot liquids
  • A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
  • Exposure to radiation in the chest or upper abdomen

What are the symptoms of esophageal cancer?

Signs of esophageal cancer typically appear in the later stages. Symptoms include:

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Worsening heartburn or indigestion
  • Coughing
  • Hoarse voice

How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

Your doctor may use any of the following procedures and tests to diagnose and stage esophageal cancer.

How is esophageal cancer treated?

Your physician will recommend treatment based on your cancer type, location, and stage. Our team offers the following therapies.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Esophageal Cancer Surgery

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