Oesophageal cancer – Symptoms & Treatment


Symptoms

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent acid indigestion or heartburn
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in your throat or behind your breastbone
  • Chronic cough
  • Coughing up blood

Treatment
Surgery
This is the most common treatment for early cancer of the oesophagus. Doctors remove all or part of your oesophagus.

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells.

Radiotherapy
Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill oesophageal cancer cells.

Chemoradiotherapy
Find out about having chemotherapy and radiotherapy together for oesophageal cancer and how you have it.

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