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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



esophageal cancer  listen  (ee-SAH-fuh-JEE-ul KAN-ser)

  Cancer that forms in tissues lining the esophagus (the muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach). Two types of esophageal cancer are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the esophagus) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

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Gastrointestinal (digestive) system anatomy; shows esophagus, liver, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine.