Treating

Find out about different cancer treatments, and get help with treatment decisions you might need to make.

  • Making treatment decisions

    Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. Having the right information will help you make the right decision for you.

  • Surgery

    Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.

  • Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat many different types of cancer. It is most commonly given as an injection into a vein or as tablets or capsules.

  • Radiotherapy

    Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

  • Chemoradiation

    Chemoradiation is a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It is also sometimes called chemoradiotherapy.

  • Other treatments for oesophageal cancer

    Other types of treatments may be used to treat oesophageal cancer. Your doctor will advise you.

  • Treating swallowing problems

    Cancer may block the oesophagus and cause swallowing problems. Different types of treatment are available to help.

  • Advanced oesophageal cancer

    Advanced cancer means it has spread from the oesophagus. Although treatment won’t be able to cure the cancer, it can help improve symptoms.

  • Clinical trials

    Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

  • Life after cancer treatment

    You might be thinking about how to get back to normal following treatment. Find advice, information and support about coping with and after cancer.