Understanding Your Diagnosis
Esophageal Cancer: Tests After Diagnosis
After you’re diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you’ll likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare providers learn more about your cancer.
A chest X-ray is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at the structures and organs in your chest. It can help your health care provider see how well your lungs and heart are working. Certain heart problems can cause changes in your lungs. Certain diseases can cause changes in the structure of the heart or lungs.
Upper GI Endoscopy
An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper GI tract (gastrointestinal tract).
Upper Gastrointestinal Series
An upper gastrointestinal series is an imaging test of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum). The test is done with X-rays after you swallow a special beverage. The beverage contains either contrast or a powder called barium.
CT Scan of the Abdomen
CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to make detailed images of the body. A CT scan shows details of the bones, muscles, fat, soft tissues, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.
Esophageal Cancer: Stages
The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. The most commonly used system to stage esophageal cancer is called the TNM classification.
Esophageal Cancer: Diagnosis
If your healthcare provider thinks you have esophageal cancer, you’ll need tests. You may have imaging tests and a biopsy.
Esophageal Cancer: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. In general, the prognosis for people with esophageal cancer tends to be better if the cancer is caught early instead of at a later stage.