Find out more about the causes and symptoms, and the most commonly used diagnostic tests and treatment types for esophageal tumors on this page.
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Causes and symptoms
Esophageal cancer develops in the lining of the esophagus – the mucus membrane. There are two types of esophageal cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma develops in the mucus membrane lining the esophagus, the squamous epithelium. Adenocarcinoma usually develops at the bottom of the esophagus, where the mucus membrane slowly turns into intestinal lining.
Common symptoms of esophageal cancer are:
- weight loss
- slow passing of food through the esophagus
- pain behind the sternum during meals
We offer rapid diagnostics for stomach and esophageal cancer every Wednesday. The wait times depend on the moment of referral, but new patients can usually come in on the following Wednesday.
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