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Esophageal cancer

Esophageal cancer

Overview

Esophageal cancer is cancer that starts in the esophagus. This is the tube through which food moves from the mouth to the stomach. There are two main types of esophageal cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma.

Review Date 1/19/2021

Updated by: Mary C. Mancini, MD, PhD, Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Christus Highland Medical Center, Shreveport, LA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. Editorial update 07/30/2021.