Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer, also known as esophagus cancer, has become common among both first responders and survivors who were in Downtown Manhattan. During the hours directly after 9/11 and in the nine months following, victims of esophageal cancer were exposed to significant amounts of dust and toxins in the air. When inhaled or swallowed, these harmful substances traveled through the esophagus and into the stomach, exposing both vital organs to carcinogens.

Esophageal cancer begins in the cells lining the esophagus- the hollow tube connecting the throat to the stomach. There are two main types of esophageal cancer: adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Depending on the stage of esophageal cancer, treatment options and payouts from the Victim Compensation Fund may vary.

Treatments for this cancer include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Endoscopic treatments
  • Palliative treatment to relieve symptoms such as pain and trouble swallowing


Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the representation of individuals who have been injured or have loved ones who have been injured by exposure from the toxic debris of 9/11. Our firm is handling litigation related to these claims nationwide.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with a 9/11-related esophageal cancer, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.

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