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Cancer of the Esophagus

Information about Cancer of the Esophagus

We Have to Know about the Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Esophageal cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the esophagus, the tube that carries food and drinks from your throat to your stomach

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • If you have chest pain or vomit blood, seek medical attention immediately

Causes of Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Tobacco
  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Not known in many cases

Do’s and Don’ts of Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Don’t use tobacco in any form. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, get the help you need to stop
  • Never consume anything that may damage your digestive tract
  • If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Most experts recommend that men have no more than two drinks a day
  • If you suffer from heartburn, discuss with your doctor how to avoid heartburn and ways to treat it, if necessary

Signs & Symptoms of Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Pain in the chest or between the shoulder blades
  • Frequent heartburn or acid reflux
  • Severe weight loss
  • Hoarseness or a chronic cough
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing up blood

Medical advice for Cancer of the Esophagus

  • If you experience any of the symptoms, you should see your doctor

Risk factors of Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Tobacco consumed in any form increases the risk
  • Chronic or excessive consumption of alcohol
  • A diet low in fruits and vegetables and certain minerals and vitamins
  • Chemical irritation

Treatment for Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy

Self-care for Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Consult the doctor immediately after symptoms arise

Investigations for Cancer of the Esophagus

  • Barium Swallow
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
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