Esophageal Cancer

Common Name(s)

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is a cancer of the esophagus, the hollow tube that carries food and liquids from the throat to the stomach. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include painful or difficult swallowing, weight loss and coughing up blood. The exact cause is usually not known, but both environmental and genetic factors are throught to play a role in the development of this condition. In the United States, risk factors for developing esophageal cancer include smoking, heavy drinking, obesity, and damage from acid reflux. Treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and laser therapy. Some patients may also need nutritional support, since the cancer or treatment may make it hard to swallow.
 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Esophageal Cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, Inc.

The Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) is dedicated to providing outreach for esophageal cancer patients, caregivers and survivors, to foster public awareness of this disease, to stimulate and promote esophageal cancer research efforts, and to offer education and information in a supportive environment.

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2012

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Following organizations serve the condition "Esophageal Cancer" for support, advocacy or research.

4th Angel Mentoring Program

Learning that you have cancer can be an overwhelming experience – one that leaves you frightened, vulnerable and alone. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program offers free, one-on-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has successfully made the same journey you are about to begin – the journey towards recovery. This specially trained volunteer and cancer survivor – your 4th Angel – is someone who will talk and listen in a supportive setting. The 4th Angel Mentoring Program is telephone based, so you can be connect with an angel anywhere in the country. 4th Angel Mentoring Program is part of The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, a national non-profit organizat

http://www.4thangel.org

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

http://www.CancerHopeNetwork.org

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, Inc.

The Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) is dedicated to providing outreach for esophageal cancer patients, caregivers and survivors, to foster public awareness of this disease, to stimulate and promote esophageal cancer research efforts, and to offer education and information in a supportive environment.

http://www.ECAware.org

Last Updated: 19 Nov 2012

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Esophageal Cancer" returned 1495 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Metformin inhibited esophageal squamous cell carcinoma proliferation in vitro and in vivo and enhanced the anti-cancer effect of cisplatin.
 

Author(s): Feng Wang, Xianfei Ding, Tao Wang, Zhengzheng Shan, Jun Wang, Shaoxuan Wu, Yanyan Chi, Yana Zhang, Zhuan Lv, Liuxing Wang, Qingxia Fan

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Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is an aggressive malignancy with poor prognosis in China. Chemotherapy now is one of the most frequently used treatments for patients with ESCC in middle or late stage, however the effects were often limited by increased chemoresistance or ...

Last Updated: 13 Apr 2017

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Trends of Esophageal Cancer Mortality in Rural China from 1989 to 2013: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis.
 

Author(s): Xudong Gao, Zhenkun Wang, Chan Kong, Fen Yang, Ying Wang, Xiaodong Tan

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Background: Esophageal cancer is one of the most common cancers in rural China. The aim of this study was to describe the time trends of esophageal cancer mortality in rural China and to better elucidate the causes of these trends. Methods: The mortality data were obtained from the ...

Last Updated: 28 Feb 2017

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Gefitinib single drug in treatment of advanced esophageal cancer.
 

Author(s): Yingjun Xu, Zhihui Xie, Yan Shi, Mengwei Zhang, Jia Pan, Yanming Li, Hong Lu

Journal: J Cancer Res Ther. 2016 Dec;12(Supplement):C295-C297.

 

The objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical efficacy and toxicity of gefitinib single drug in treatment of advanced esophageal cancer.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Esophageal Cancer" returned 128 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Trends in esophageal and esophagogastric junction cancer research from 2007 to 2016: A bibliometric analysis.
 

Author(s): Yan Miao, Ran Liu, Yuepu Pu, Lihong Yin

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 May;96(20):e6924.

 

This study aimed to analyze the scientific outputs of esophageal and esophagogastric junction (EGJ) cancer and construct a model to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate pertinent publications from the past decade.

Last Updated: 17 May 2017

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Association between ALDH2 Glu487Lys polymorphism and the risk of esophageal cancer.
 

Author(s): Kang Liu, Guiqin Song, Xiaoyan Zhu, Xiaolin Yang, Yuewu Shen, Wan Wang, Guidong Shi, Qing Li, Yi Duan, Yunxia Zhao, Gang Feng

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Apr;96(16):e6111.

 

A meta-analysis was carried out to further evaluate the relationship between ALDH2 Glu487Lys polymorphism and esophageal cancer risk.

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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From blood to breath: New horizons for esophageal cancer biomarkers.
 

Author(s): Roger Yazbeck, Simone E Jaenisch, David I Watson

Journal: World J. Gastroenterol.. 2016 Dec;22(46):10077-10083.

 

Esophageal cancer is a lethal cancer encompassing adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma sub-types. The global incidence of esophageal cancer is increasing world-wide, associated with the increased prevalence of associated risk factors. The asymptomatic nature of disease often ...

Last Updated: 28 Dec 2016

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2016

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Low-dose Aspirin Therapy for Esophageal Cancer
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Esophageal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2016

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Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors Related to Esophageal Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Esophageal Cancer

 

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2017

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