Stomach and oesophageal cancer
A malignant tumour found anywhere in the stomach or the oesophagus. Oesophageal cancer is slow-growing and usually detected in advanced stages, as there may not be any symptoms in the early stages.
Have I got any signs of oesophageal cancer?
- difficult or painful swallowing
- vomiting blood
- black or bloody stools
- unexplained fatigue
- feeling of choking when swallowing
- discomfort in the upper abdomen particularly when eating
- weight loss.
Am I at risk of oesophageal cancer?
- high alcohol consumption
- smoking tobacco
- diet low in fresh fruit and vegetables
- drinking very hot liquids
- exposure to certain chemical fumes
- family history of gastrointestinal disorders
- certain medical conditions such as Barrett's oesophagus or gastro-intestinal reflux disease.
How do I get tested?
Your GP will examine you and take a thorough medical history. The doctor will then refer you for tests. These tests may include
- CT scan
- PET scan
- Bone scan
My results are positive...what happens next?
Your GP will refer you to a surgeon, a medical oncologist or a radiation oncology specialist who will discuss treatment options with you which may include:
- symptom management