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Cancer of the Throat and Esophagus

The esophagus is a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Your esophagus helps move the food you swallow from the back of your throat to your stomach to be digested. Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide.


If any of the below symptoms persist for more than two weeks, you should consult a health professional.

Difficulty and pain with swallowing, particularly when eating meat, bread, or raw vegetables
Pressure or burning in the chest
Indigestion or heartburn
Frequent choking on food
Unexplained weight loss
Coughing or hoarseness
Pain behind the breastbone or in the throat

Surgery can be used to remove the cancer and some of the surrounding tissue. An esophagectomy is a surgery where some or most of the esophagus is removed. This can cure the cancer if the cancer has not moved beyond the esophagus. Part of the stomach is pulled up into the chest or neck to make a new esophagus.

At Ohio Head and Neck Surgeons, we understand your concerns when seeking diagnosis and treatment options for Ear, Nose, and Throat injuries and diseases. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our quality ENT specialists. For more information on scheduling click here.

To prepare for your first appointment, you can also visit our New Patients page to find important forms you will need at your appointment including registration and health history.

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