Advanced oesophageal cancer

Advanced oesophageal cancer means that a cancer that began in the food pipe (oesophagus) has spread to another part of the body.

What is advanced oesophageal cancer?

Advanced oesophageal cancer means your cancer has spread to other parts of your body.

Symptoms of advanced oesophageal cancer

The most common symptom is feeling tired and unwell. Other symptoms depend on where the cancer is in the body.

Tests for oesophageal cancer

You might have a number of tests to help diagnose oesophageal cancer and to find out the stage. This includes a test to look inside your oesophagus (gastroscopy).

Treatment for oesophageal cancer

You might have surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments. This depends on a number of factors including the stage and type of your oesophageal cancer. 

Coping and support when you have oesophageal cancer

Coping with cancer can be difficult.  Help and support are available. There are things you can do and people who can help you cope with a diagnosis of oesophageal cancer.

Last reviewed: 
27 Sep 2023
Next review due: 
28 Sep 2026