Difficulty in swallowing ( dysphagia ) is the most common symptom of oesophageal cancer. Usually, there is a feeling that food is sticking on its way down to the stomach, although liquids may be swallowed easily at first.
There may also be some weight loss, and possibly some pain or discomfort behind the breastbone or in the back. There may be indigestion or a cough.
These symptoms can be caused by many things other than cancer, but you should always tell your doctor, particularly if they do not go away after a couple of weeks.