Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer

Symptoms of esophageal cancer usually do not appear until the disease is in the advanced stages. Difficulty swallowing, or the sensation of food being stuck in the throat before reaching the stomach, is the most common symptom of esophageal cancer. In more advanced stages of esophageal cancer, liquids may become difficult to swallow also. Other symptoms may include:

  • Weight loss, often from not getting enough food
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Regurgitation of undigested food
  • Vomiting blood
  • Black or tarry stool
  • Hoarseness or chronic cough that does not go away within two weeks
  • Heartburn