After treatment for oesophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet)
After your treatment is completed, you’ll have regular check-ups and possibly scans. You’ll probably continue to have these for several years, frequently at first and then less often.
Many people find they get very anxious for a while before the appointments. This is natural, and it may help to get support from family, friends or a support organisation.
These appointments are a good opportunity to discuss with your doctor any concerns or problems you may have. If you notice any new symptoms between check-ups, or are anxious about anything, contact your doctor or specialist nurse for advice. You can be seen earlier if necessary.
After your treatment
After your treatment you may find that you feel more tired than usual and have a poor appetite. You’re quite likely to feel very full, even after eating small amounts. It can take several months to recover from treatment, and up to a year to adjust to the changes in your digestive system. It may be many months before you’re able to eat a more normal-sized meal and before the diarrhoea stops. If you have difficulties with swallowing again after treatment it doesn’t necessarily mean that the cancer is coming back - it can be caused by the treatment itself. Your doctor may suggest dilatation to deal with this problem.
For people whose treatment is over apart from regular check-ups, our section on adjusting to life after cancer treatment gives useful advice on how to keep healthy and adjust to life after cancer.