Symptoms

Oesphageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer is a serious condition where malignant cells form in the lining tissues of the oesophagus. Key symptoms and treatment options are outlined below:

Symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • A persistent cough or hoarseness

Treatment:

  • Treatment for oesophageal cancer depends on the cancer’s location, stage, and the patient’s overall health. Common treatment options include:

Surgery: 

  • To remove the tumour or affected sections of the oesophagus.

Chemotherapy: 

  • Drugs used to kill cancer cells, often used before surgery to shrink the tumour and/or after to eliminate remaining cells.

Radiation Therapy: 

  • High-energy beams used to target and kill cancer cells, sometimes combined with chemotherapy.

Targeted Therapy: 

  • Drugs that specifically target cancer cell mechanisms without affecting normal cells.

Early diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. Regular follow-ups and ongoing management are critical to address any progression or recurrence of the disease.

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