Oesophageal cancer doesn't usuallyhave any symptoms at first. But as the cancer grows, it can cause swallowing problems and other symptoms.
Difficulty swallowing is the most common symptom of oesophageal cancer.
The cancer can narrow the oesophagus, making it difficult for food to pass down. It may feel as though food is getting stuck and sometimes swallowing may be uncomfortable or painful.
You may have to chew your food more thoroughly, or you can only eat soft foods. If the tumour continues to grow, even liquids may become difficult to swallow.
Other symptoms of oesophageal cancer can include:
See your GP if you experience:
The symptoms can be caused byseveral conditions and in many cases won't be caused by cancer but it's a good idea to get them checked out.
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