What is Esophageal Cancer? (Definition)

According to the National Cancer Institute, Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. The esophagus is a muscular tube that moves food and liquids from the throat to the stomach.

The most common types of esophageal cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma begins in flat cells lining the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.

See below for updated news and information regarding esophageal cancer including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Esophageal Cancer News

Esophageal Cancer Treatment News: First of its kind cancer stem cell research unlocks clues to treatment resistance

(SOURCE: TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN / EUREKALERT) - Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have made exciting new findings that could offer a means of fighting resistance to treatment for people with oesophageal cancer. Resistance to radiotherapy is a major stumbling block in the treatment of this cancer. For the first time, the research team led by Dr Stephen Maher, Ussher Assistant Professor in ...
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Esophageal Cancer Diagnosis Research News: Comprehensive study of esophageal cancer reveals several molecular subtypes, provides new insight into increasingly prevalent disease

(SOURCE: VAN ANDEL RESEARCH INSTITUTE) - A comprehensive analysis of 559 esophageal and gastric cancer samples, collected from patients around the world, suggests the two main types of esophageal cancer differ markedly in their molecular characteristics and should be considered separate diseases. The study, published today in Nature from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network, includes two key takeaways. First, upper ...
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New Pill Test Called Sponge on a String Could Replace Endoscopies According to Research

(CANCER RESEARCH UK) According to a recent press release, scientists have discovered that a 'sponge on a string' pill test can identify which people with a condition called Barrett's oesophagus (UK) or esophagus have a low risk of developing oesophageal cancer - sparing them uncomfortable endoscopies ...
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Esophageal Cancer News: Presence of Oral Bacterium Type in Esophageal Cancer Samples Associated with Shorter Survival Rates

(AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH) According to a recent press release, among Japanese patients with esophageal cancer, those whose cancer tested positive for DNA from the bacterium Fusobacterium nucleatum had shorter cancer-specific survival compared with those whose cancer had no DNA from the bacterium ...
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Esophageal Cancer News: Infrared light to Spot Early Warning Signs of Esophageal Cancer

(CANCER RESEARCH UK) According to a recent press release, scientists have developed an endoscope that uses near-infrared light to spot early warning signs of oesophageal - food pipe - cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics today ...
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Esophageal Cancer News: Study Moves Researchers Toward Targeted Treatments for Esophageal Cancer

(CANCER RESEARCH UK) Scientists have discovered that oesophageal cancer can be classified into three different subtypes, paving the way for testing targeted treatments tailored to patients' disease for the first time ...
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Study Finds NSAID Use Not Associated With Reduced Risk For Barrett’s Esophagus

(Healio Gastroenterology) According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, NSAID use was not associated with a reduced risk for developing the esophageal cancer precursor Barrett’s esophagus. The study suggests these drugs may only lower the risk of esophageal cancer in patients with Barrett's esophagus. Prior studies have linked regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with a reduced ...
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