Is esophageal cancer the same as throat cancer?

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.
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.

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Would someone with esophageal or throat cancer have abnormal blood results?

Not necessary. Most early cancers have normal blood results. Blood results only change when cancer is far advanced or metastatic. Read more...

What might be symptoms of throat or esophageal cancer?

Hoarseness,etc. Hoarseness and progressive dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), and weight loss are very prominent symptoms of esophageal cancer. Hoarseness is also seen in many throat cancers, and is due in both cases to laryngeal nerve palsy. Unilateral serous otitis media, nasal obstruction, or epistaxis (nosebleed) are seen in nasopharynx lesions. Read more...
Esophagus causes. Pain or difficulty swallowing, food gets stuck. Esophageal spasms can do this transiently, and both scaringly and painfully!oropharynx/larynx can cause voice problems, breathing problems, and trouble swallowing, soemtimes pain goes to the ear. Smoking and alcohol are associated, and now that hpv is found, oral sex is postulated as a cause, another reason for vaccines against hpv for all. Read more...
Swallowing problems. There may be a feeling of lump in the throat, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food, weight loss, fatigue, anemia. Read more...
Swallowing. Generally difficulty swallowing or "dysphagia". That can be dysphagia to solids or liquids. If this occurs, then contact your primary care provider, as you may need an esophagram and/or an endoscopy. Read more...

What blood changes would be seen in advanced throat or esophageal cancer?

Blood tests cancer. You could see many nonspecific changes in a CBC for example. Bleeding from a tumor can cause anemia, low h/h. Also a clot involving a tumor could use up platelets. Also a tumor ulcer in the GI tract could stimulate white blood cell productions. These tumors have no specific markers in the blood. Read more...
Possibly none. Anemia if occult bleeding chronically. White count elevation if hidden infection. If treated with chemo or radiation, then blood counts maybe affected. Read more...

Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Please see your. doctor as soon as possible. This is probably not esophageal cancer at your age, but black tarry stools can signify bleeding in the intestinal tract. With acid reflux symptoms and the stools, you need to rule out an ulcer that is bleeding. If you don't have your own doctor to see today, please go to the emergency room. Read more...

If my soft tissue neck ultrasound didn't show any masses, can I also feel assured that there's no esophageal cancer tumor in this area? Severe globus.

No. Esophageal cancer is best found by seeing a health care provider that can look in your esophagus with an endoscope. Read more...
Esophageal cancer. NO. Ultrasound of the neck does NOT evaluate the entire esophagus. A major portion of the esophagus is in the chest on its way to the stomach. Read more...