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Is esophageal cancer the same as throat cancer?
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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: No,
Throat cancers generally arise in the larynx or voice box but can also involve other areas of the "throat" such as the tonsils or pyriform sinus.
Esophageal cancer involves the esophagus or swallowing tube. High esophageal cancers are uncommon, but can occur in the neck. The most common presentation today for esophageal cancer is in the junction with the stomach.

In brief: No,
Throat cancers generally arise in the larynx or voice box but can also involve other areas of the "throat" such as the tonsils or pyriform sinus.
Esophageal cancer involves the esophagus or swallowing tube. High esophageal cancers are uncommon, but can occur in the neck. The most common presentation today for esophageal cancer is in the junction with the stomach.
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
They are distinctly separate disorders.

In brief: Yes
They are distinctly separate disorders.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not
Throat cancer is generally used to describe laryngeal cancer. The larynx is also called the voice box and serves as the opening from the back of the mouth into the airway.
Esophageal cancer is cancer of the tube carrying food from the mouth to the stomach. They can be the same type of cancer(often squamous cell) but they are not the same thing.

In brief: Usually not
Throat cancer is generally used to describe laryngeal cancer. The larynx is also called the voice box and serves as the opening from the back of the mouth into the airway.
Esophageal cancer is cancer of the tube carrying food from the mouth to the stomach. They can be the same type of cancer(often squamous cell) but they are not the same thing.
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
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