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Oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer is cancer that's found anywhere in the oesophagus, sometimes called the gullet or food pipe

Symptoms of oesophageal cancer include regular heartburn or indigestion, losing weight, feeling tired, problems swallowing and chest or throat pain.

Anyone can get oesophageal cancer. It's often linked to lifestyle. Men, people over 75 or those with certain conditions may be more likely to get it.

Oesophageal cancer is not always preventable. But healthy lifestyle changes like not smoking and losing weight can lower your chances of getting it.

Oesophageal cancer is often treatable. Your treatment plan will depend on your situation. It may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of oesophageal cancer include regular heartburn or indigestion, losing weight, feeling tired, problems swallowing and chest or throat pain.

Main symptoms of oesophageal cancer

There are many possible symptoms of oesophageal cancer, but they might be hard to spot.

They can affect your digestion, such as:

Other symptoms include:

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Oesophageal cancer is often treatable. Your treatment plan will depend on your situation. It may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Medical treatments

Oesophageal cancer is often treatable. But it can be difficult to treat.

The treatment you have will depend on:

  • the size and type of oesophageal cancer you have
  • where it is
  • if it has spread
  • your general health

It may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The specialist care team looking after you will:

  • explain the treatments, benefits and side effects
  • work with you to create a treatment plan that is best for you
  • help you manage any side effects, including changes to your diet

Read more on the NHS website.

Oesophageal cancer is not always preventable. But healthy lifestyle changes like not smoking and losing weight can lower your chances of getting it.

Read more on the NHS website.

Anyone can get oesophageal cancer. It's often linked to lifestyle. Men, people over 75 or those with certain conditions may be more likely to get it.

Read more on the NHS website.