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 1502 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prognostic value of preoperative inflammatory response biomarkers in patients with esophageal cancer who undergo a curative thoracoscopic esophagectomy.
 

Author(s): Noriyuki Hirahara, Takeshi Matsubara, Yoko Mizota, Shuichi Ishibashi, Yoshitsugu Tajima

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Several inflammatory response biomarkers, including lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR), neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) have been reported to predict survival in various cancers. The aim of this study is to evaluate the clinical value of ...

Last Updated: 21 Sep 2016

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Major postoperative complications are associated with impaired long-term survival after gastro-esophageal and pancreatic cancer surgery: a complete national cohort study.
 

Author(s): Eirik Kjus Aahlin, Frank Olsen, Bård Uleberg, Bjarne K Jacobsen, Kristoffer Lassen

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Some studies have reported an association between complications and impaired long-term survival after cancer surgery. We aimed to investigate how major complications are associated with overall survival after gastro-esophageal and pancreatic cancer surgery in a complete national cohort.

Last Updated: 19 May 2016

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Sentinel node biopsy during thoracolaparoscopic esophagectomy for advanced esophageal cancer.
 

Author(s): Judith Boone, Monique G G Hobbelink, Marguerite E I Schipper, Frank P Vleggaar, Inne H M Borel Rinkes, Robbert J de Haas, Jelle P Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg

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Omitting extensive lymph node dissection could reduce esophagectomy morbidity in patients without lymph node metastases. Sentinel node biopsy may identify abdominal or thoracic lymph node metastases, thereby differentiating treatment. Feasibility of this approach was investigated ...

Last Updated: 20 Apr 2016

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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 119 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy and surgery versus surgery alone in resectable esophageal cancer.
 

Author(s): K Bushan, S Sharma

Journal: Indian J Cancer. ;52(3):413-6.

 

The aim of this article is to review randomized and non-randomized trials and meta-analysis comparing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) plus surgery versus surgery alone in resectable esophageal cancers. The article examines the value of NAC as a standard of care in the era of multimodality ...

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2016

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The role of cancer-associated fibroblasts in esophageal cancer.
 

Author(s): Jiangfeng Wang, Guangyu Zhang, Jianbo Wang, Lu Wang, Xiaochen Huang, Yufeng Cheng

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Fibroblasts are known as critical stromal cells in wound healing by synthesizing extracellular matrix and collagen. A subpopulation of them is called cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), because their production of proteins participated in various biological activities including ...

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2016

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Traditional Chinese medicine targeting apoptotic mechanisms for esophageal cancer therapy.
 

Author(s): Yu-shuang Zhang, Qiang Shen, Jing Li

Journal: Acta Pharmacol. Sin.. 2016 Mar;37(3):295-302.

 

Esophageal cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the world, and it demonstrates a distinct geographical distribution pattern in China. In the last decade, inducing apoptosis with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has become an active area in both fundamental and clinical ...

Last Updated: 1 Mar 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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