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Esophageal cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that originates in the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube in your body that transports food from your mouth to your stomach.
Esophageal Cancer: What You Need to Know
- If you have Barrett’s esophagus, your doctor will monitor you closely, as it increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer.
- Symptoms of esophageal cancer are often nonspecific. Your gastroenterologist can provide a definitive diagnosis.
- Our team may use a smart biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of cancer.
- Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or endoscopic treatment.
Read a more in-depth article about esophageal cancer, written by Johns Hopkins gastroenterologists, which details the anatomical description of the causes of esophageal cancer.
Read our FAQs about esophageal cancer.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for esophageal cancer?
Barrett's Esophagus (Esophageal Cancer) | Tom's Story
Tom Holste learned he had Barrett's Esophagus (esophageal cancer) after suffering from severe acid reflux and heartburn for more than a decade. He went through multiple treatments for his Barrett's Esophagus but it wasn't until he met Marcia Canto, M.D., Director of Clinical Research, Division of Gastroenterology, at Johns Hopkins Medicine that he was cured. Dr. Canto advised a plan to save his esophagus through piecemeal resection and ablation.