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9/11 Esophageal Cancer

Esophagus cancer (also called esophogeal cancer) is all too common among 9/11 responders and downtown Manhattan survivors. Think of how much toxic dust 9/11 responders and survivors swallowed after the terrorist attacks. All that dust traveled through the esophagus to the stomach. Turley Hansen represents a number of responders and survivors in claims before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

The esophagus is a hollow, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Food and liquids that are swallowed travel through the inside of the esophagus to reach the stomach. There are 2 main types of esophageal cancer: 1) Squamous cell carcinoma and 2) Adenocarcinoma.

Depending on the “stage” of your esophagus cancer, the main options for treatment are:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy, including trastuzumab (Herceptin)
  • Endoscopic treatments
  • Palliative treatment to relieve symptoms, such as pain and trouble swallowing

Should you have questions about medical care or an award for esophagus cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.