Esophageal cancer

28 June 2017

A cancer occuring in the esophagus, a tube that runs from your throat to your stomach.

This cancer usually beings in the cells that line the esophagus. Men are more prone to get this cancer than women. Other risk factors include being older than 65, smoking, alcohol abuse, lack of fruits and vegetables, obesity and acid reflux.

Symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest and/or back pain
  • Heartburn
  • Weight loss
  • A persistent cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Weakness
  • Bleeding

To diagnose this cancer normally an biopsy will be taken during an endoscopy.

Treatment varies depending on each patient but can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, or a combination.

After surgety a feeding tube may be necessary.

For more information see:

www.medicinenet.com

www.cancer.org

www.mayoclinic.org

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