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Esophageal Cancer Definition

Definition

The esophagus is the tube that transports food from the throat to the stomach. Esophageal cancer is the growth of cancer cells the esophagus.

There are two main types of esophageal cancer:

  • Squamous cell cancer—arises from the cells that line the upper part of the esophagus
  • Adenocarcinoma—arises from glandular cells that are present at the junction of the esophagus and stomach

Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide out of control. If cells keep dividing, a mass of tissue forms. These are called growths or tumors. If the tumor is malignant, it is cancer. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

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