Prognosis for esophageal cancer depends on the stage of the disease. Advanced disease (i.e., cancer that has penetrated the muscular wall of the organ) and metastatic esophageal cancer have a poor prognosis. The overall 5-year survival rate for esophageal cancer is 20–25 percent.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 14 Aug 1999

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015