Everything You Need To Know About
In this article, you’ll get everything you need to know about Esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer is the cancer of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth and pharynx to the stomach. The esophagus passes the food to the stomach for digestion, through peristaltic movements. The malignant tumor usually has its origins on the cells of the inside of the food pipe. An estimated 17,650 adults will present with esophageal cancer in 2019 in the US. Besides, 16,080 people will die from it. It ranks as the 7th most common cancer death in males. The percentage of people that live 5 years at least after their primary diagnosis is 45%, suggesting that it is a generally challenging disease to treat, if not diagnosed early. However, the 5-year survival rate is a multifactorial parameter that also depends on the stage of the disease.
What are the risk factors for esophageal cancer?
A risk factor increases an individual’s chances of presenting with a disease at some point in their lives. For esophageal cancer, the following are true:
Those who are at significant risk for esophageal cancer should undergo regular screening. Keep in mind that the sooner you diagnose it, the better your treatment response and outcome. Generally, those with Barrett’s esophagus should have endoscopic examinations through a tube inserted from the mouth. If necessary, your doctor may obtain biopsies too, to examine the tissue under the microscope, and to prevent late diagnosis.
What are the types of esophageal cancer?
The types of esophageal cancer are the following:
Esophageal Cancer Diagnosis
Upon medical consultation, your doctor will perform a physical examination. You might also need to undergo some further testing, such as barium swallow, upper endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, biopsy, bronchoscopy, and molecular testing of the tumor. Also, some imaging techniques might be necessary to establish whether there is cancer metastasis.
After investigation, your physician will determine the stage of the tumor. The TNM staging system is one of the most frequently used staging systems. However, two distinctive types of esophageal cancer have their staging system. These types are esophageal adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus.
Esophageal Cancer Treatment
The treatment of esophageal cancer is a multidisciplinary matter. Often, clinical oncologists have to cooperate with surgeons as well as doctors and professionals in other fields. Treatment options are some of the following:
Esophageal Cancer Prevention
To prevent esophageal cancer, you need to modify your lifestyle and decrease your risk of developing the disease. You can do so by doing some of the following:
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