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Esophageal Cancer

Detailed information on esophageal cancer, including symptoms, stages, types, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Chest X-ray

A chest X-ray is used to examine the chest and the lungs and other organs and structures located in the chest.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a diagnostic procedure used to diagnose structural or functional abnormalities of the esophagus, stomach, and/or duodenum.

Upper Gastrointestinal Series

An upper gastrointestinal series (UGI) is an x-ray examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Abdomen

A CT/CAT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are used to assess the organs and tissues for for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

Deciding on Treatment

Managing Side Effects

Fatigue: Management

Fatigue can come and go or stay constant for a while. Fatigue from chemotherapy tends to occur a few days after the treatment, peaks, and then gets better before the next treatment. Fatigue from radiation may not happen right away.

Nutrition for Esophageal Cancer Treatment

Cancer of the esophagus can narrow your esophagus, making it difficult or painful to swallow and take in the nutrition you need. You can get help to overcome this from an important member of your treatment team: the nutrition specialist.

Cancer FAQs

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