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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is esophageal cancer?

Cancer of the esophagus (food pipe). Known risk factors include alcohol, smoking and gastric acid reflux.

Symptoms of esophageal cancer

  • Chest pain

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Black, shiny stool

  • Recent weight loss

  • Chest tightness

  • Heartburn; painful burning feeling in the chest or throat

Questions your doctor may ask to check for esophageal cancer

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose esophageal cancer

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Do you have stools that are black (like hair) and shiny?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you have chest tightness?

Treatment for esophageal cancer

A specialist will confirm the diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. The main types of treatment include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of the above.

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