Symptoms of oesophageal cancer can include difficulty swallowing and indigestion or heartburn. 

Risks and causes

Factors that increase the risk of oesophageal cancer include being older or overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. 

Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP and they might refer you to a specialist and organise tests. Find out more about tests and screening for oesophageal cancer. 

Stages, types and grades

The stage of a cancer tells you how big it is and whether it has spread. It helps your doctor to know which treatment you need.


Find out about survival for oesophageal cancer.


You might have surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment. This depends on a number of factors including the stage and type of your oesophageal cancer. 

Living with oesophageal cancer

Get support to cope during and after oesophageal cancer treatment, including diet tips to help you eat well.

Advanced cancer

Find out where oesophageal cancer can spread and about how treatment can control your symptoms.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research, clinical trials and how you can take part.

Last reviewed: 
17 May 2016

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