What You Need To Know About™ Cancer of the Esophagus

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This booklet is about cancer of the esophagus. Another name for this disease is esophageal cancer. Learning about medical care for your cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

The booklets in the What You Need To Know About™ Cancer series will be retired on June 1, 2018. You can find accurate and up-to-date information about over 100 cancer types in the PDQ® cancer treatment information summaries for patients.

NCI’s Contact Center can help you find information about many types of cancer. Reach our information specialists by phone, chat, or email.

This booklet covers:

  • The anatomy of the esophagus and basics about this type of cancer
  • Treatments for cancer of the esophagus, including taking part in cancer treatment research studies
  • Ideas on how to eat better after surgery

This booklet has lists of questions that you may want to ask your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

The information in this booklet was last updated in March 2013.