Esophageal Cancer: Medical Illustrations

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2021

ON THIS PAGE: You will find a drawing of the main body parts affected by esophageal cancer. Use the menu to see other pages.

This illustration shows the esophagus, a long, hollow, muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. A cross section of the esophagus shows two layers of muscle: the longitudinal muscle on the outside and the circular muscle on the inside, which surrounds the submucosa. The hollow interior of the esophagus is the lumen. Copyright 2004 American Society of Clinical Oncology. Robert Morreale/Visual Explanations, LLC.

The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It explains the factors that may increase the chance of developing esophageal cancer. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.