This is an updated post of an earlier version that was originally posted in May 1, 2012.

Have you ever attempted to swallow food and it feels like it's stuck in your throat (or somewhere in your upper chest)? Panic slowly begins to rise as it seems like your throat is starting to close and you feel like you can't breathe. You feel like you're choking until you drink something to get the food moving again.

If you've ever had that choking experience with food -- and it occurs quite often -- you may have cancer of the esophagus.

The esophagus is the long foodpipe that transports food and drink between your mouth and your stomach. Cancer of the esophagus refers to tumors that eventually obstructs the esophagus and makes swallowing difficult.

Esophageal cancer mainly occurs in the lower portion of the esophagus (adenocarcinoma) -- closer to your stomach. But it can occur anywhere along the esophagus from your throat to your stomach. Your risk of developing esophageal cancer greatly increases if you drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes or weed. Other causes include drinking very hot beverages or drinking alcohol. Esophageal cancer occurs more often in men than women.

Other factors that put you at risk of developing cancer of the esophagus includes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which causes Barrett's esophagus - an erosion of the lining of the esophagus near the stomach. GERD is also known as acid reflux or heartburn.

Causes

It is not known what causes esophageal cancer. Cancer occurs when something triggers ordinary cells to begin multiplying rapidly. The rapid reproduction of cells forms a tumor. The tumor displaces other organs and may spread to other parts of the body (a medical term referred to as metastasis).

Signs and Symptoms

Early stages of esophageal cancer usually have no signs or symptoms.

  • Frequent choking or coughing while eating
  • Coughing up blood
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain, pressure or burning
  • Fatigue (feeling tired all the time)
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hoarseness in throat
  • Some of these symptoms could be caused by something as simple as the common cold or indigestion. But if you have persistent, nagging symptoms, or if you experience all of these symptoms, consult your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible.

    It's a good idea to consult the Symptom Checker to help you better understand what your symptoms mean.

    Diagnosis

    If your doctor suspects you may have esophageal cancer, he or she will order tests to confirm the diagnosis. Tests include a blood draw, X-rays, an endoscopy (a tube with a camera attached to see inside your esophagus), or a biopsy (cutting a sample of the affected area to examine under a microscope).

    Treatment

    Treatment of esophageal cancer depends upon the stage of the cancer. Cancer is staged from 1 (the easiest to treat) to stage 4, which is usually terminal and the most difficult to treat because it has spread elsewhere in the body.

    Once the cancer is staged the doctor decides the appropriate treatment mode which can include surgery to remove part or all of the tumor, or to widen the esophagus. In some cases, parts of the esophagus must be removed. The doctor might also pass a feeding tube directly into the stomach to bypass the esophagus to provide nutrition.

    Chemotherapy and or radiation therapy are also treatment options.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

    More Info On the Web

    Esophageal Cancer - Mayo Clinic

    Cancer of the Esophagus - MedicineNet

    Esophageal Cancer - MedlinePlus

    Esophagus Cancer - Cancer.org

    DISCLAIMER

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    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      @BUTTER don't let Honey Dip read this :bite:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Thanks for the info SR! :thumbsup:
      You may save somebody's life :yes:

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      @Phro I was in the meeting like NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM eating up all the pineapples :ghost:
      Bruh you finna put the pipe down on somebody?? YEEK in the face? :dead:
      @Kimi I AIN’T saying pineapples is the only way. But yes the blog is saying that LTOSR
      ______________________
      :gossip: BLANCHE say she allergic to pineapples but she fresh tho… what say ya’ll? She fresh or nah?
      I know I am :whistle: FRESHER THAN YOOOOUUUUUUUU :ghost: Fresher than you HOE. (Beyonce 7/11 voice)

    • kamadiva

      @Taken - FRESHER THAN YOOOOUUUUUUUU :ghost: Fresher than you HOE. (Beyonce 7/11 voice)
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      :ROFL:

      You are what you eat...can't just be pineapple juice though...need water to wash out all the other toxins in your body!

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      @DTTS Show Out is saying she must be famous cause I joked she had Foxy Brown mickey mouse titties on her butt. Tell her about it. She thinks somebody cracking jokes. These ain’t jokes. THIS REAL LIFE :eek: Foxy is trending :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      She_ShowOut says:

      MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky: says:

      Oh wait I looked on my phone. Somebody done put Foxy Brown mickey mouse titties on Show Out booty???? :ghost: :hahaha: *WIPES TEARS*
      ____________________
      They got jokes…I must be famous :yahoo:
      ________________
      SO! THem ain't Foxy tittays photoshopped on your azz :huh: <--concerned look
      :waiting:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyR09SP9qdA&sns=em Afiya says FOH :chase:

      Showout is that you in your gravi?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      MsTake IF that's not Foxy on her, she got otha IshShoes than jokes :eek:

      :ghost:

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      WHALE if you are what you eat then DTTS must be:
      Fried chicken
      Mashed potatoes
      Greens
      Mac n cheese
      Hot wings
      Pita chips
      Hummus
      Pork n beans
      Honey
      Chocolate smores
      Cotton candy
      A whole pig
      Shark meat
      Goat meat
      Bacon
      Sausage
      Grits
      Eggs
      Spinach laced with fat back
      Meat loaf
      Fries
      Coca cola
      Absolute vodka
      Pizza
      Jimmy johns subs
      Cake
      Ice cream
      Brownies
      Spaghetti

      ***we just talking about this week right? Since the body resets? I can keep going… :waiting: *

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      FRESHER THAN YOOOOUUUUUUUU :ghost: Fresher than you HOE. (Beyonce 7/11 voice)

      :crying1:

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      MsTake IF that’s not Foxy on her, she got otha IshShoes than jokes
      ___________________
      :bye: :ghost: BYE

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      WHALE :rules: POST YOURNz
      #doubledogdare

      SR, the blog about to break :bounce: agane

    • http://sybaris.com/index.php She_ShowOut

      Afiya says FOH :chase: says:

      Showout is that you in your gravi?
      ______________________
      Yes, but I'm confused about foxy's titties on my azz. It's too much. I don't want to besmirch my fav pic of azz, so I took it down.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

      @BUTTER don’t let Honey Dip read this :bite:
      =============
      You read my mind :rofl: I'm going to block WebMd from all his devices the next time I see him.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :dead: AND there we have it :ghost:

    • Just Looking

      This looks something terrible, prays for her.

      Yeah, dranking water will help you out.

      YEAP

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      Who got they azz as a gravi? Is it worth switching from mobile? :waiting:

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      @SHOW OUT :rules: But your booty back up!! The joke is not about your booty. It’s about Foxy titties looking like mickey mouse ears. The pattern on the pants had two black spots. I was saying they were the same shape :wails: Google it so you can laugh
      SHOW OUT at her computer like :typing: FOK YEW MISTAKE… FOK YOU DTTS.. FAT HOES :dead: :crying1:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      VDot says:

      Who got they azz as a gravi? Is it worth switching from mobile? :waiting:

      BOI is it EVER :eek:

    • WhoDat

      Who got azz titties? I'm lost.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyR09SP9qdA&sns=em Afiya says FOH :chase:

      I'm talking about the leapard print and I think blond hair @ ShowOut, is that you frfr?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      FOK YOU
      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Like the SnowTwerkers :wail: :wail:

    • http://sybaris.com/index.php She_ShowOut

      Thanks @MsTaken :wail: I don't want my azz to have titties :wail: It would really disappoint the people that gave 800 likes on fb.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      Awww chit, I see you Show Out!! Azz so pat need a lap dance :buttshake:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyR09SP9qdA&sns=em Afiya says FOH :chase:

      :hahaha: you can't change it yet ShowOut, the fellas need to give their likes too....you so selfish!! :bounce:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      20
      21
      :eek:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Is the SnowTwerkers STILL linked to your name MsFAT? :eek:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Errbody :cell: trying to see on the mobile site :crying1:

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      @SHOW see now :ghost: I wouldn’t go in on appearance cause folks might say something about me. Shoot they have!! I was more so making a joke about Foxy Brown. I couldn’t see clearly on my work computer (I am/was trying to lurk) so I had to go to my phone and at first from far away all I saw was 2 black circles
      :danaban: shake that arse in a circle :dance:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Cotton candy
      A whole pig
      Shark meat
      Spinach laced with fat back
      :chase: :chase:
      :hahaha:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyR09SP9qdA&sns=em Afiya says FOH :chase:

      :newpost:

    • http://youtu.be/bQaBEm_mh5U MisTaken: So thick :buttshake: she make everybody else in the room so uncomfortable :winky:

      @DTTS yes snow twerk still in dis bish :ghost: Gone ahead and get crunk in here for the Friday!!! :party:

    • Simple person

      I would put up a pic of the mass that's inside of me but I don't want to get banned. I met with the surgeon who will probably remove the entire right side of my large intestine next month and he said that even though the biopsy showed no cancer that he has found that in most cases when they cut it out and view it, there actually IS cancer! sheesh! I eat EXTREMELY healthy and do not drink or smoke and I STILL gotta give up half of my intestine?? I feel for this young lady and pray that she recovers soon! please everyone get a colonoscopy done! it may save your life!

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybcNSoh8vI4 VDot

      I'm sorry to hear that Simple Person. I hope that it's benign! :yes: Can I ask what your symptoms were? I'm always scared I would miss the symptoms of something being wrong with me :bite:

    • http://sybaris.com/index.php She_ShowOut

      :offtopic: Fantasia put up a new pic of her and her boo, it's 25,000 likes already :champ:

    • http://sybaris.com/index.php She_ShowOut

      Simple person says:

      I would put up a pic of the mass that’s inside of me but I don’t want to get banned. I met with the surgeon who will probably remove the entire right side of my large intestine
      _________________________
      Please try to get a 2nd and 3rd opinion before anyone cuts anything off.

    • Simple person

      I had NO SYMPTOMS! not a one! I just read where people over 50 need to have a colonoscopy told my primary care physician to schedule me for a colonoscopy and this 3 inch mass that looks like a small Jamaican dumpling has been inside of me for 2-3 years! I never bled, I never had any pain; nothing! but now that I think back I realize that the right side of my tummy has been protruding out ever so slightly and I truly believe it does that because of the mass. my primary doctor never brought it up! tell your doctor what you want and my insurance through the employer I retired from covered the $5,000 operation 100% with no copay. the actual surgery to remove it from my research will be about $30,000 but again my insurance will cover most of that.

      3 different doctors and an intern all say I have the mass and I seen the pictures of it so yeah its coming out on april 3 lol

      I asked the surgeon so many questions he asked if I had a background in the medical field. nah bruh I just do a lot of research when somebody say they gonna be cutting on me! hes not using the ligasure instruments though; he says hes using a harmonic scapel which sounds a lot better than using the ligasure instruments which burn stuff apart. I am not liking the fact that hes using staples though (will I set off the alarms when I go through airport security from now on? lol) but he knows what hes doing (at least that is what im telling myself lol)

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ Simple person: Thanks you for sharing your story with the blog. I hope the mass is benign.