Many people with esophageal cancer begin to lose weight inadvertently. This happens for a variety of reasons. Primarily, people eat less due to dysphagia. They may also change their diets to include fewer solid foods and more liquid items. Additionally, it is common for cancer to lead to decreased appetite. Interestingly, some people with esophageal cancer develop a metabolism increase. Studies suggest this is because tumor growth has a direct effect on energy expenditure.
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