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Esophageal cancer occurs in the esophagus, which is the long, tube-like structure that runs from the throat to the stomach. Although it can occur along the entire esophagus, the cancer usually starts in the cells that li... More »

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The initial stage of esophageal cancer may not show any signs, but at a later stage different symptoms may appear, including difficulty swallowing, unexplained weight loss, hoarseness, chest pain and heart burn, states W... More »

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Stage 4 esophageal cancer is the final stage of the disease that is characterized by the cancer spreading into a person's lymph nodes, according to the American Cancer Society. From there, the cancer usually spreads to d... More »

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Esophageal cancer affects the hollow, long tube leading from the throat down to the stomach, according to Mayo Clinic. The esophagus carries food that is swallowed down to the stomach for digesting. Esophageal cancer occ... More »

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Doctors treat esophageal cancer with a variable combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, depending on the type and stage of the disease, states Mayo Clinic. For esophageal cancer, doctors often use rad... More »

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The symptoms of esophageal spasms include difficulty swallowing, the feeling of an object in the throat, squeezing pain in the chest, and the return of liquids and food to the esophagus, explains Mayo Clinic. The chest p... More »

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To perform an esophageal motility test, a doctor passes a tube through a patient's nose, into the esophagus and eventually the stomach, according to Mayo Clinic. Doctors use the test to diagnose conditions of the esophag... More »

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