Oesophageal cancer is slow growing, and there may be no symptoms in the early stages.
Symptoms can include:
- difficulty swallowing or pain when swallowing
- a feeling of choking when swallowing
- heartburn or reflux
- discomfort in the upper abdomen, especially when eating
- vomiting blood
- black or bloody stools
- weight loss.
The symptoms of oesophageal cancer are similar to those for many other conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, they are unusual for you and they persist, you should talk to your doctor.
Cancer Council Australia (2017). Oesophageal cancer.
Cancer Council Australia (2015). Understanding stomach and oesophageal cancers.