Esophageal cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the esophagus. It can spread outside the esophagus into surrounding lymph nodes.
The most common signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer are weight loss and difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Abdominal pain, pain or burning in the throat or chest, heartburn or indigestion, vomiting, chronic hiccups, chronic cough, fatigue, and frequent choking while eating food are additional signs and symptoms. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has been indicated as a risk factor, as well as use of tobacco and alcohol.
Diagnosis of esophageal cancer can include a combination of computed tomography (CT) imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, an endoscopic ultrasound, and a biopsy. Endoscopic procedures generally site the abnormalities first.
If you are diagnosed with esophageal cancer, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Eastside Radiation offers the following treatment options for Esophageal Cancer: