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Your treatment depends on where in the oesophagus (food pipe) your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Decisions about your treatment

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.


This is the most common treatment for early cancer of the oesophagus. Doctors remove all or part of your oesophagus.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells.


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


Find out about having chemotherapy and radiotherapy together for oesophageal cancer and how you have it.

Treatment for advanced cancer

Find out how treatments aim to control symptoms when oesophageal cancer is advanced.

Other treatments

Your doctor may recommend treatment with laser, radio waves or light sensitising drugs for very early cancer.

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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