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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
  • 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.

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