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How does esophageal cancer affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The effects of esophageal cancer on the body become more apparent as the disease progresses. The esophageal tumor may grow large enough to partly block the esophagus, causing difficulty during swallowing. The tumor might also grow through the esophagus and into the windpipe, which is in close proximity. Esophageal cancer may also affect the nerves in the area, causing pain, or the blood vessels in the area, causing bleeding.

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