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You’ve Been Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What? (Video)

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects our throat and stomach, you are likely wondering about the road ahead.

Surgery is the most common treatment for cancer of the esophagus. A large part of the esophagus — and often the nearby lymph nodes — are removed in an operation called an esophagectomy in order to wipe out the cancer cells.

While this may sound like an overwhelming prospect, Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeon Siva Raja, MD, PhD, explains that amazingly, most patients are able to maintain a good quality of life following the surgery. While they may no longer be able to eat large meals, they can usually enjoy food fairly normally and maintain their weight — while going about their daily activities and enjoying life.

Watch the video.