There are generally no symptoms in the early stages of esophageal cancer, but as the cancer grows, the esophagus becomes narrowed. Dr. Malone, can you tell us about some of the symptoms of esophageal cancer?
Definitely, Major Spencer. When cancer grows, it takes up space in the esophagus, and makes the passage through which food, pills, and drink travel more narrow. This can make it difficult to swallow, a condition called dysphagia. At first, a person with esophageal cancer may notice trouble swallowing solid foods, such as meats, breads, or raw vegetables. As the cancer progresses and the esophagus narrows, they may have difficulty swallowing medications and liquids as well.
Other symptoms of esophageal cancer can include:
- Hoarseness of the voice, and
- Involuntary weight loss