Pronounced: Ee-sof-uh-gee-uhl Can-serEn Español (Spanish Version) More InDepth Information on This Condition
The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Esophageal cancer is the growth of cancer cells in this tube.
There are two main types of esophageal cancer:
- Squamous cell cancer—from the cells that line the upper part of the esophagus
- Adenocarcinoma—from the cells where the esophagus meets the stomach
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Last reviewedAugust 2014by Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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