Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus — a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Your esophagus helps move the food you swallow from the back of your throat to your stomach to be digested.
Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus. More men than women get esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Incidence rates vary within different geographic locations. In some regions, higher rates of esophageal cancer cases may be attributed to tobacco and alcohol use or particular nutritional habits and obesity.
Causes-It's not exactly clear what causes esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer occurs when cells in your esophagus develop errors (mutations) in their DNA. The errors make cells grow and divide out of control. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor in the esophagus that can grow to invade nearby structures and spread to other parts of the body.
Types of esophageal cancer
Esophageal cancer is classified according to the type of cells that are involved. The type of esophageal cancer you have helps determine your treatment options. Types of esophageal cancer include:
Adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma begins in the cells of mucus-secreting glands in the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma occurs most often in the lower portion of the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of esophageal cancer in the United States, and it affects primarily white men.
Squamous cell carcinoma. The squamous cells are flat, thin cells that line the surface of the esophagus. Squamous cell carcinoma occurs most often in the upper and middle portions of the esophagus. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most prevalent esophageal cancer worldwide.
Other rare types. Some rare forms of esophageal cancer include small cell carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma, melanoma and choriocarcinoma.
Symptoms-Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
·         Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
·         Weight loss without trying
·         Chest pain, pressure or burning
·         Worsening indigestion or heartburn
·         Coughing or hoarseness
Early esophageal cancer typically causes no signs or symptoms.
Risk factors--It's thought that chronic irritation of your esophagus may contribute to the changes that cause esophageal cancer. Factors that cause irritation in the cells of your esophagus and increase your risk of esophageal cancer include:
·         Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
·         Smoking
·         Having precancerous changes in the cells of the esophagus (Barrett's esophagus)
·         Being obese
·         Drinking alcohol
·         Having bile reflux
·         Having difficulty swallowing because of an esophageal sphincter that won't relax (achalasia)
·         Having a steady habit of drinking very hot liquids
·         Not eating enough fruits and vegetables
·         Undergoing radiation treatment to the chest or upper abdomen
Complications--       As esophageal cancer advances, it can cause complications, such as:
Obstruction of the esophagus. Cancer may make it difficult or impossible for food and liquid to pass through your esophagus.
Pain. Advanced esophageal cancer can cause pain.
Bleeding in the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can cause bleeding. Though bleeding is usually gradual, it can be sudden and severe at times.
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world.Its strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When Esophageal cancer  is concerned there are many effective medicines are available in Homoeopathy, but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient, considering the mental and physical symptoms.
NITRIC ACID 3C—Nitric acid is one of the excellent remedies for Esophageal cancer with sticking pain. There is difficulty in swallowing. Sticking pain as from splinters , which extends into ears, worse on swallowing. White patches and sharp points , as from splinters , on swallowing. There is great weakness in old people.There is aphonia with dry hacking cough fro tickling in larynx and pit of stomach.

CONDURANGO 30-Condurango is another is another effective remedy for esophageal cancer with painful cracks in corners of mouth. There is stricture of esophagus with burning pains behind sternum.

CARBO ANIMALIS 200- Carbo animalis is prescribed where a raw feeling is affected in the esophagus.It is often indicated in the last stages of cancer.

STAPHYSAGRIA 30-Staphysagria is effective for Esophageal cancer with sharp pain in esophagus, especially left. which is flying to the ear on swallowing.

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