Esophageal Cancer Overview
What is esophageal cancer?
A person with esophageal cancer has abnormal cells in the esophagus that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Esophageal cancer can be very difficult to treat. By the time it is detected, it has usually spread to other parts of the body. Risk factors for esophageal cancer include heavy alcohol use, smoking, and a condition called Barrett's esophagus. The cause of esophageal cancer is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk.
What are the symptoms of esophageal cancer?
Symptoms of esophageal cancer include difficulty swallowing, vomiting after meals, vomiting blood, heartburn, chest pain, abdominal pain, and weight loss.
How does the doctor treat esophageal cancer?
Treatment for esophageal cancer may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
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