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What is oesophageal cancer? - Oesophageal cancer

Diagram of a body highlighting the oesophagus as a tube in the throat
  • Oesophageal cancer is a cancer that's found anywhere in the oesophagus, sometimes called the gullet or food pipe.
  • The oesophagus connects your mouth to your stomach.
  • How serious oesophageal cancer is depends on where it is in the oesophagus, how big it is, if it has spread and your general health.


It's important to get any symptoms of oesophageal cancer checked as soon as possible.

Page last reviewed: 05 May 2020
Next review due: 05 May 2023