Esophageal Cancer Symptoms and Signs Explained



Esophageal cancer may present with any one or more of the following symptoms. Sometimes there may be no symptoms, and sometimes other disease conditions may cause similar symptoms. 

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Symptoms may be due to local or distant spread.

Local spread may cause:

  • Dysphagia – difficulty in swallowing.
  • Chest pain, burning sensation.
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Constant indigestion.

Distant spread may cause:

  • Cough, breathlessness
  • Jaundice

Most common sites of spread of esophageal cancer are bone, liver and lung.

Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer explained with Video

Video Transcript:

CancerBro, What are the esophageal cancer symptoms that should be kept in mind for suspicion of cancer?

That is a very good question. A knowledge about the symptoms is required to consult a doctor at earliest before the disease becomes very advanced.

Most common symptoms of esophageal cancer include progressive dysphagia, first to the solids than to liquids, and weight loss. Also, it may cause painful swallowing or retrosternal discomfort or pain. Rarely, there may be a cough, chest infection, bleeding, from the esophagus or bone pain.

Anyone or combination of these symptoms, when present in a person, should raise the suspicion of the disease.

Any one or more of the above symptoms if present may require further investigations.

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