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Other treatments

The main treatments for oesophageal (food pipe) cancer are surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. You might also need treatment for difficulty swallowing. This can be a symptom of oesophageal cancer or a side effect of surgery and radiotherapy.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment for very early cancer and advanced cancer.   

Oesophageal stent

Find out about how you have an oesophageal stent put into your food pipe and how you’ll feel afterwards.

Oesophageal dilatation

Find out about stretching the food pipe (oesophagus) to help you swallow more easily. Read about how you’ll feel afterwards.

Photodynamic therapy

Find out how you have light activating photodynamic therapy to kill cancer cells in the food pipe and how you'll feel after treatment.

Last reviewed: 
17 May 2016

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