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Esophageal Cancer Symptoms

Esophageal cancer often does not have symptoms in the early stages. If you have symptoms, they may include:

  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Difficult or painful swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Pain, pressure or burning in the throat or chest
  • Weight loss, less appetite
  • Black tar-like stools
  • Anemia
  • Vomiting
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent hiccups
  • Chronic cough
  • Hiccups
  • Pneumonia
  • High levels of calcium in the blood

These symptoms do not always mean you have esophageal cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.

If you have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, it is important to be seen by expert doctors. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Innovative esophageal cancer treatments including proton therapy, minimally invasive surgery, photodynamic therapy and targeted therapies
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection for early stage disease
  • One of the most-active programs in the country
  • Advanced diagnostic tools including video endoscopy
  • Clinical trials of new therapies

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