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Conditions We Treat: Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs inside the esophagus, which is the tube in the human throat that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. Chronic heartburn, acid reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, smoking and obesity can increase your risk of developing this cancer.

Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center has one of the most respected esophageal cancer treatment programs in the nation, and our cancer specialists have a depth of expertise in esophageal cancer that is difficult to find elsewhere.

Esophageal Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • Four out of five esophageal cancer cases occur in men.
  • Esophageal cancer symptoms often don’t become noticeable until they have reached an advanced stage. 
  • The most common symptom of esophageal cancer is trouble swallowing; specifically, a feeling that food is lodged in the throat which gradually worsens over time.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for Treating Esophageal Cancer?

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Our Physicians


Our highly skilled esophageal cancer team includes leading experts that are at the forefront of advanced in esophageal cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. Meet our team.

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Our Research


Our doctors have contributed to major advances in esophageal cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and immunotherapy. We continue to innovate new approaches to treatment with research and clinical trials. Learn more about our research and clinical trials.

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Our Patient Care


We offer comprehensive support services for patients with esophageal cancer and their loved ones, including nutrition therapy, social work and palliative care. Our specialists are here to help you focus on your treatment and recovery.  Find out more about our patient support services.

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