Esophageal Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
- Difficulty and pain with swallowing, particularly when eating meat, bread, or raw vegetables.
- Pressure or burning in the chest.
- Indigestion or heartburn.
- Frequent choking on food.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Coughing or hoarseness.
- Pain behind the breastbone or in the throat.
What does esophageal cancer pain feel like?
It may feel like food is stuck in the throat or the chest, or you may even choke on the food. This symptom is often mild in its early stages but gradually worsens as the disease progresses. Someone with esophageal cancer may experience pain in the middle of the chest that feels like pressure or burning.
What are signs and symptoms of the last stage of esophageal cancer?
In very advanced stages of esophageal cancer, a patient may have a hoarse voice, frequent hiccups, and throat pain, and may even vomit blood.
The following is a breakdown of the stages of esophageal cancer:
- Stage 0.
- Stage I.
- Stage II.
- Stage III.
- Stage IV.
Would esophageal cancer show up in blood work?
Your doctor might order certain blood tests to help determine if you have esophageal cancer. Complete blood count (CBC): This test measures the different types of cells in your blood. Liver enzymes: You may also have a blood test to check your liver function, because esophageal cancer can spread to the liver.
How long do you live after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer?
Most people with advanced oesophageal cancer live for between 3 to 12 months after their cancer is diagnosed. Around 4 out of 100 people (4%) live for 5 years or more. USA National Cancer Institute.