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Symptoms of esophageal cancer can include:

  • Difficulty swallowing, particularly when eating meat, bread or raw vegetables (as the tumor grows, it can block the pathway to the stomach. Even liquids may be painful to swallow)
  • Pressure or burning in the chest
  • Severe and unexplained weight loss
  • Pain in the throat or back, behind the breastbone or between the shoulder blades
  • Hoarseness or chronic cough
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing up blood
  • Frequent choking on food

However, these may also be symptoms of more common, less severe conditions.

Last updated: 5/26/2010 3:10:56 PM