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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
Access to services in your community
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Community Services Locator helps cancer patients and their families find the services and programs they need in their community.