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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.
Page last reviewed: 05/05/2020
Next review due: 05/05/2023