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What are the symptoms of esophageal cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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