Treating

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

  • Decisions about treatment

    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.

  • Chemoradiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

    Chemoradiotherapy is a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It is also sometimes called chemoradiation.

  • Supportive and other treatments for oesophageal cancer

    Other treatments can be used as part of the main cancer treatment and to treat side-effects.

  • 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.

An image of a haematology doctor

About oesophageal cancer

A clinical oncologist talks about oesophageal cancer, how it is diagnosed and treated.

About our cancer information videos

About oesophageal cancer

A clinical oncologist talks about oesophageal cancer, how it is diagnosed and treated.

About our cancer information videos