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Oesophageal cancer

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Introduction
Cancer of the oesophagus, also known as oesophageal cancer, is an uncommon but serious type of cancer that affects the oesophagus (gullet).
Symptoms of oesophageal cancer
When cancer of the oesophagus first develops it rarely causes any symptoms. This is due to the fact that, initially, the tumour is very small.
Causes of oesophageal cancer
Although the exact cause of oesophageal cancer is not known, there are certain factors that are thought to increase the risk of it developing.
Diagnosing oesophageal cancer
If your GP suspects you have cancer of the oesophagus they will first take a detailed look at your medical history before carrying out a physical examination.
Treating oesophageal cancer
The treatment options for oesophageal cancer depend on what stage the cancer is at, but may include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Preventing oesophageal cancer
There are certain lifestyle changes you can make that can help lower the risk of oesophageal cancer.
Living with oesophageal cancer
A diagnosis of cancer is a tough challenge for most people and their families. There are a number of ways that you can find support to help you cope.
'I just wanted to know what could be done about it'
After discovering he had cancer of the oesophagus in 1998, keen marathon runner Clive Alexander had an oesophago-gastrectomy.
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