Advanced oesophageal cancer

If the cancer has spread from where it first started in the oesophagus, it is called advanced cancer. The cancer may be advanced when it is first diagnosed, or it may have come back after treatment. This is called a recurrent cancer.

Often, the biggest problem people with advanced oesophageal cancer have is difficulty swallowing.

If you have advanced oesophageal cancer, you may still be offered chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapies. These treatments won’t be able to cure the cancer, but may be able to shrink the tumour. This may control it for a time, to improve symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, and quality of life.

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