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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.

Important: Important

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