About 455,784 people were diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2012 and 400,156 died from it (Globocan, 2012).
Esophageal cancer starts in the cells of the esophagus. The esophagus is a hollow, muscular tube that carries food and drink from the back of the mouth to the stomach. It is located behind the windpipe and in front of the spine. When you swallow, the muscles of the esophagus contract to push food down into the stomach. The point where the esophagus joins the stomach is called the gastroesophageal (GE) junction. The muscle at the junction opens to allow food to enter the stomach. This muscle normally keeps stomach acid from flowing back up into the esophagus and causing heartburn. Cancer of the esophagus can start anywhere along the length of the esophagus (Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Encyclopedia).
For additional information on esophageal cancer, please go to the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Encyclopedia.
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You may find helpful websites and chat rooms on the Internet where you can find additional information about esophageal cancer and connect with other patients and survivors.
The goals of the Esophageal Cancer Action Network are to raise awareness among the general public and healthcare professionals and to influence how federal research resources are allocated.
The Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA) is dedicated to helping patients, caregivers, survivors, family members, and anyone at-risk of the disease. Their site offers information on Esophageal Cancer (EC) – descriptions of the disease, its diagnosis, staging, treatments, and other factors. The organization’s goal is to create a community of survivors, patients and caregivers that together can provide support and information while also increasing awareness of the disease.
The Esophageal Cancer Education Foundation was formed in 2003 by Bart and Ginny Frazzitta. The goals of ECEF are:
- To bring awareness and educate the public and medical community about this dreaded disease.
- To walk the journey with patients who have this disease.
- To financially support research projects that focus on the development of an early warning test for this disease.
The DeGregorio Family Foundation for Gastric and Esophageal Cancer Research & Education (DFF) seeks to fund innovative research focused on curing gastric and esophageal cancer.
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