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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. They will ask you about your symptoms and examine you.

They will then decide about whether to refer you for tests or to a specialist. You have further tests if you have cancer. These tests are to find out its size and whether it has spread. This is called staging.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should refer you to a specialist if your symptoms could be due to oesophageal cancer.

Screening

There is no national screening programme for oesophageal cancer in the UK. Read more about this.

Tests to diagnose

Doctors can use an endoscopy or a barium swallow to help diagnose oesophageal cancer.

Tests to stage

These tests find out the position of the cancer, how big it is and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
12 Sep 2019

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