NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,812 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

esophagectomy
(ee-SAH-fuh-JEK-toh-mee)
An operation to remove a portion of the esophagus.

EnlargeThree-panel drawing showing esophageal cancer surgery; first panel shows area of esophagus with cancer, middle panel shows cancer and nearby tissue removed, last panel shows the stomach pulled up and joined to the remaining esophagus.

Esophagectomy. A portion of the esophagus is removed and the stomach is pulled up and joined to the remaining esophagus.