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Making swallowing easier

Swallowing can be difficult for some people with a cancer in the food pipe (oeosphageal cancer). Treatments include stretching your food pipe, stents, heat or laser therapy. You might have these with radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Oesophageal stent

Find out about how you have an oesophageal stent put into your food pipe and how you’ll feel afterwards.

Laser therapy

Learn how doctors use hot beams of light to burn away cancer cells in the food pipe and how you'll feel after treatment.

Heat treatment

Find out about how you have heat treatment for advanced oesophageal cancer and how you’ll feel afterwards.

Photodynamic therapy

Find out how you have light activating photodynamic therapy to kill cancer cells in the food pipe and how you'll feel after treatment.

Oesophageal dilatation

Find out about stretching the food pipe (oesophagus) to help you swallow more easily. Read about how you’ll feel afterwards.

Radiotherapy

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

Last reviewed: 
17 May 2016

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