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Disease - Conditions

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer occurs most often in the lower portion of the esophagus, but it can occur anywhere along the hollow tube running from your throat to your stomach. 

Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unintentional weight loss 
  • Chest pain, pressure, or burning
  • Worsening indigestion or heartburn
  • Coughing or hoarseness

How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

Esophageal cancers are usually found when a person goes to the doctor because of signs or symptoms they are having. If cancer is suspected, Dr. Bhatti confirms the diagnosis using a variety of tests:

  • EGD
  • EUS
  • biopsy
  • blood tests
  • imaging tests (such as MRIs, PETs, CT scans)

If these tests confirm esophageal cancer, Dr. Bhatti will stage (or determine the extent) of the cancer, often during the diagnostic tests. 

How is esophageal cancer treated?

The main treatments for esophageal cancer are:

  • Surgery (EMR and stents)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy

If you experience any worrying symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhatti to determine whether they are caused by esophageal cancer or by other more common conditions. Dr. Bhatti will discuss the best treatment option for you. 

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