The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. If cancer develops in the esophagus, a number of things may develop. These include pain in the area (especially when swallowing), difficulty swallowing food, loss of body weight, heartburn, changes in voice, or a cough that lasts longer than 14 days. Symptoms of esophageal cancer may not be obvious during early stages of the disease.
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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
UCLA Health answeredEarly esophageal cancer may not cause symptoms. As the cancer grows, the most common symptoms are:
- Food gets stuck in the esophagus, and food may come back up
- Pain when swallowing
- Pain in the chest or back
- Weight loss
- A hoarse voice or cough that doesn't go away within 2 weeks
These symptoms may be caused by esophageal cancer or other health problems. If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.
Patrick Maguire, MD, Oncology, answeredThe development of a tumor mass within the esophagus classically causes dysphagia (sticking sensation when swallowing) and/or odynophagia (pain when swallowing). Many patients have these symptoms when swallowing solid foods, but some may progress to have symptoms even when drinking liquids. Other patients with smaller tumors may have more mild symptoms, such as belching or reflux due to backflow of the gastric contents into the lower esophagus. On occasion, patients with more advanced disease may not notice any local symptoms of esophageal cancer but experience only weight loss, either unexplained or due to anorexia.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
The most common signs of esophageal cancer are pain or difficulty when swallowing, a painful or sore throat, and weight loss. Hoarseness or cough, indigestion and heartburn may also be present. Some individuals may also experience pain behind the breastbone.