What is Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is a type of cancer that develops within the lining of the esophagus, the muscular tube through which food passes from the mouth to the stomach.

Esophageal Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms for esophageal cancer may include:

  • Dysphagia, problems swallowing or feeling like food gets stuck
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Pain in the chest or back
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Heartburn
  • A hoarse voice or persistent cough that doesn't go away in two weeks

An early diagnosis can improve outcomes for esophageal cancer treatment. Patients with these symptoms should consult their physician.