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How do medications treat esophageal cancer?

Like other cancers, esophageal cancer is the result of out-of-control reproduction of defective cells. These cells divide and grow despite the body "telling them" not to. Medications used to treat esophageal cancer kill these abnormal cells or keep them from producing large numbers. Unfortunately, drugs that treat esophageal cancer are also hard on healthy cells in our body. This trait causes them to produce many side effects.

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