It can take a few months to recover from treatment for oesophageal cancer, and up to a year to adjust to the changes in your digestive system.
After surgery, you can start to eat as soon as your doctor says you can. This can be up to a week after your operation. You will usually start with a soft diet while you are still in hospital. You will normally be advised to keep to this diet for a few weeks. This will help keep your oesophagus open as it heals.
Gradually, you will be able to start eating solid foods again. It will help if there are no large lumps of food. Try to chew everything well. You may worry about eating solid foods at first. This should get easier as you become more used to a normal diet again.
Your dietitian will talk to you about your diet and give you advice to help you recover from treatment. If you have any worries or concerns after you have gone home, contact the dietitian or your specialist nurse for advice.