Sep 05, 2012 - 7:59 pm
I knew this but did not think about it until earlier today. It might help some of the new folks here to know that there are 2 main types of Esophageal cancer and both will be talked about here I am sure.
Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus is the type I had. This cancer is usually found in the lower part or distal esophagus near the stomach. The predominant factor in this cancer seems to be GERD and Barretts Esophagus. In the United States, adenocarcinoma is the most common type of esophageal cancer. It's been increasing since the 1970s.
Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus is the other main type. This cancer is usually found in the upper part of the esophagus. It is becoming less common among Americans. Around the world, however, squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type.
Diagnosis, treatment and management of both diseases are similar but not always the same.