Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Your esophagus carries food you swallow to your stomach to be digested.
Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include: • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) • Weight loss without trying • Chest pain, pressure or burning • Worsening indigestion or heartburn
Surgery to remove the cancer can be used alone or in combination with other treatments. Operations used to treat esophageal cancer include: • Surgery to remove very small tumors. If your cancer is very small, confined to the superficial layers of your esophagus and hasn't spread, your surgeon may recommend removing the cancer and margin of healthy tissue that surrounds it.