Esophageal Cancer

Friday, March 17, 2017

Esophageal cancer is cancer arising from the esophagusthe food pipe that runs between the throat and the stomach. Dr. Edward Hill discusses esophageal cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagusa long hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Your esophagus carries food you swallow to your stomach to be digested.

Symptoms of esophageal cancer include pain with swallowing, chest pain, worsening indigestion or heartburn and coughing or hoarseness. Food may get stuck on the way down to your stomach. You may lose weight without trying.

Smoking and poorly controlled acid reflux are significant risk factors for esophageal cancer.

Esophageal cancer is diagnosed with endoscopy. The doctor passes a thin flexible tube down your esophagus to see if there is a cancer. If cancer is found, more tests will be needed to see if the cancer has spread.

Treatment depends on whether the cancer has spread. If it has not spread beyond the esophagus, it is usually treated with surgery. If it has spread, but just nearby the esophagus, treatment is a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.