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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Esophageal cancer requires expert care.
Know your options.

Esophageal cancer is a complex disease that develops when cancer forms in the esophagus, which is the hollow, muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach. This type of cancer is a rare disease, accounting for only about 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. But several factors increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer, including alcohol and tobacco use, obesity and persistent acid reflux.

The most common symptom of esophageal cancer is trouble swallowing, or dysphagia, which occurs when the cancer grows and the opening to the esophagus gets smaller. Esophageal cancers that are caught early—usually during other medical tests—may be treated with an endoscopic procedure alone. Advanced disease typically requires surgery to remove some or most of the esophagus. Other treatments, such as targeted therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may also be recommended, either alone or in combination. Esophageal cancer usually isn’t diagnosed until it’s advanced because that’s often when symptoms first appear.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we offer an array of esophageal cancer diagnostic tools and treatments, including molecular profiling, photodynamic therapy, robotic surgery and new options that may be available through clinical trials. Explore this section to learn more about esophageal cancer, its side effects and your treatment options. Our supportive care clinicians are also available to help you manage the side effects of treatment, so you are better able to maintain your strength, stamina and quality of life throughout treatment.


Our esophageal cancer results

See how satisfied our esophageal cancer patients are with their treatment and care team at CTCA.

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Our hospital accreditations

Our hospitals are fully accredited by a number of renowned health care organizations.