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

Find out about tests to diagnose oesophageal cancer, screening and seeing a specialist.

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.


Treatments for oesophageal cancer, what to expect and how to cope with side effects.

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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