Center for Minimally Invasive Esophageal Therapies

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Esophageal Cancer

Boston Medical Center specializes in the treatment of many thoracic cancers, which are tumors that arise in the lungs or esophagus. We are here to diagnose and treat your cancer. We can also assist with pain control and with improving your breathing, cough and swallowing which can be impaired by the cancer. Our staff of dedicated nurses, oncologists, and surgeons is here to help you and your family in any way we can. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.

What is Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the esophagus, the tube between your mouth and stomach. Generally between 10 and 13 inches long, the esophagus contracts when you swallow to push food down into the stomach. Mucus helps move this process along.   

Ninety percent of esophageal cancers are one of two types: squamous cell or adenocarcinoma.

What are the symptoms of esophageal cancer? 

Some people do not notice any symptoms of esophageal cancer until late in the disease. Symptoms of esophageal cancer can include:

What are the Causes?

The causes of esophageal cancer are not fully understood, but scientists have discovered several likely contributing factors. These include:

How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?
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Center for Minimally Invasive Esophageal Therapies
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Boston, MA 02118

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