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What happens during surgery to treat esophageal cancer?

Surgery can be used to treat some esophageal cancers. There are a number of different surgeries, and which one a doctor uses depends on the extent of the cancer and where it is located in the esophagus. In some of the surgeries, only a small area of the tissue lining the esophagus is removed. This surgery is used when the cancer is isolated in one spot and has not spread. Other surgeries involve actual removal of portions of the esophagus or stomach. In these surgeries, parts of intestine might be used to reconnect the shortened esophagus and the stomach.

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