Common Symptoms

Esophageal cancer has few, if any, signs or symptoms in its early stages.

Most people do not have symptoms until the tumor blocks the esophagus, making it difficult to swallow.

However – as the cancer grows – common symptoms may include:

      • Difficult or painful swallowing
      • Weight loss
      • Blood in the stool
      • Loss of appetite
      • Feeling very tired
      • Heartburn (GERD)
      • Pain in the throat or back
      • Hoarseness or coughing

The symptoms described above may be caused by esophageal cancer or other health problems. If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

Other health problems can cause some of the same symptoms. Testing is needed to make a proper diagnosis.

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Last updated: April 9, 2012 at 17:15 pm

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