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How is esophageal cancer diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Tests, physical exams, and gathering of personal and familial medical history are used to diagnose esophageal cancer. X-rays are one test that is used to diagnosis esophageal cancer. A person going through these x-rays will be asked to drink a special liquid prior to the test being performed. This liquid helps the esophagus show up better in the x-rays. Other tests that might be used include endoscopy (a procedure in which a small tube is guided down the throat so a doctor can look for cancer), and biopsy (a procedure in which a doctor collects a tiny piece of the esophagus to look for abnormal cells).

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