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Welcome to The Cancer Information Network
Introduction
   
Esophageal cancer is a malignant disease occurs in the esophagus.  This year, about 13,200 people will be diagnosed with this malignancy.  The diagnosis of esophageal cancer brings with them many questions and a need for clear, understandable answers...
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The Cancer Patient's Workbook: Everything You Need to Stay Organized and Informed - "This book gave me hope and guidance, and was definitely a blessing to me especially in the first several weeks after my diagnosis of stage 4 kidney cancer.  I would recommend the Cancer Patient's Workbook to any one who has cancer."

" I am diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Where can I obtain answers to my questions?" - Get answers of your questions of esophageal cancer from a board-certified oncologist. 

  Questions about cancer or its treatment? Get answers from a board-certified oncologist.   Please visit our Ask An Oncologist service.
General

What You Need to Know about Esophageal Cancer - An important booklet from the National Cancer Institute. Highly recommended for cancer patients and general public.

The Virtual Hospital: Esophageal Cancer - Background - Background information about the etiology and epidemiology of esophageal carcinoma. 

CancerBACUP Understanding Cancer of Esophagus - An excellent introduction to the anatomy of esophagus, esophageal cancer, diagnosis, and its management.

What is Esophagus Cancer - A comprehensive summary of pertinent patient information provided by the American Cancer Society.

UMHS: Cancer of the Esophagus - University of Michigan Health System provides a short summary about esophageal cancer and its treatment.  

Understanding Prognosis and Cancer Statistics - Cancer patients frequently ask this question, "What is my prognosis?"

 

Diagnosis


Staging of Esophageal Cancer - The stage of esophageal cancer is the most important factor for prognosis.

MSKCC: Esophageal Cancer Diagnosis - Patient's information about esophageal cancer diagnosis provided by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) - EUS is a very important diagnostic method for staging of the esophageal cancer. EUS Online provides guidelines, studies, and resources about this important procedure for cancer patients and physicians.

The Biopsy Test Report: A Patient's Guide - Understand the nature of different types of biopsy and biopsy reports. Written by Edward O. Uthman, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Pathology. 

 

Treatment

How is Esophageal Cancer Treated - Details treatment information for cancer patients and general public.

eMedicine: Esophageal Cancer - Details information on the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer. This review article was written for healthcare professionals, but it is also highly recommended to motivated patients and caregivers.

Clinical Trials for Esophageal Cancer Treatment - The National Cancer Institute provides this list of research projects and clinical trials for esophageal cancer treatment.

"He never does anything half-way." - Very detailed description of the treatment experience of a 48 year-old patient with stage T2N1Mx esophageal cancer.

The American Journal of Gastroenterology: Practice Guideline - Guideline for esophageal cancer treatment for physicians specialized in the treatment of this malignancy. 

Treatment of Advanced Esophageal Cancer - Dr. Ronen Arai, a senior fellow in Gastroenterology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, answers the question about the treatment of advanced esophageal cancer.

Photodynamic Therapy - Destroys cancer cells through the use of a fixed-frequency laser light in combination with a photosensitizing agent.
 
Support 

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Esophagus Cancer - The James Cancer Hospital (One of the 42 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers) answers the most frequently asked questions about this malignancy.

Cathy's EC Cafe - Very informative site written by daughter of a esophageal cancer patient. 

GI Cancer Forum - Patients and their families can discuss about the disease, its diagnosis and treatment, and psychosocial support at the Forum of the Cancer Information Network.
 
Other

Anatomy of Esophagus - The esophagus is a muscular organ between the hypopharynx and stomach.

Barrett Esophagus and Barrett Ulcer - Barrett esophagus is one of the most important risk factor for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. 

Onconurse.com: Esophageal Cancer Resources - This list includes resources you're likely to use most often and those that are the richest sources of specific information on esophageal cancer. 

Seattle Barrett's Esophagus Research Program - Barrett's Esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition arising in 10-20% of patients with Gastro-esophageal reflux disease. It is associated with a significant increased risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma.
 
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At Face Value: My Struggle With A Disfiguring Cancer - A cancer survivor's story by Terry Healey.  Terry was diagnosed with Fibrosarcoma in 1984.  He had extensive radiation treatment after "too many surgeries to count," and has been cancer free since 1986.

Cancer Support Group Mailing List - This is a mailing list for general cancer information, include lung cancer.

Financial Assistance  for Cancer Care - provides an extensive listing of resources available that may offer financial assistance to help cover costs of cancer care.
 
Top 10 Questions after Cancer Diagnosis - Virtual Hospital provides this informative lecture hitting all the major points about diagnosis and treatment.
  Ask a Physician - From Mayo Health - Do you have specific questions or concerns? Click here to ask a specialist, or browse frequently asked questions about cancer.
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