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Glossary: esophageal cancer, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

esophageal cancer

(ee-SAH-fuh-JEE-ul KAN-ser)

Cancer that forms in tissues lining the esophagus (the muscular tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach). Two types of esophageal cancer are squamous cell carcinoma (cancer that begins in flat cells lining the esophagus) and adenocarcinoma (cancer that begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids).

Gastrointestinal (digestive) system anatomy; shows esophagus, liver, stomach, large intestine, and small intestine.

The stomach and esophagus are part of the upper digestive system.

2005-10-24

2006-11-07

Esophageal Cancer