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Oesophageal cancer

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This section is about cancer of the oesophagus (sometimes called cancer of the gullet or food pipe, or oesophageal cancer). It includes the symptoms and causes of oesophageal cancer, tests and treatment, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, chemoradiation, biological therapy and current research. The living with oesophageal cancer section includes information about coping after treatment and managing your diet.

If you are looking for information about throat cancer, this could mean cancer of the oesophagus. But throat cancer is not a precise medical term and could mean other types of cancer, for example cancer of the voice box (larynx). It is probably best if you check which type of cancer your doctor means before you look for specific information.

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You can also find oesophageal cancer organisations providing help and support, a reading list and see where this information comes from.

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Updated: 30 September 2014