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If esophageal cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the esophagus to other parts of the body and develop into a new tumour. The new tumour is called a metastasis or secondary tumour.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If esophageal cancer spreads, it is most likely to spread to the following:
- lymph nodes near the esophagus
- lymph nodes in the neck or upper chest
- lymph nodes in the lower chest or around the stomach
- celiac lymph nodes in the abdomen
- windpipe, or trachea (sometimes causes an abnormal opening, or fistula, from the esophagus to the trachea)
- vocal chords
- adrenal glands