The aim of treatment is to stop any spread of cancer and, if possible, to remove all the cancer from your body. 

Treatments for oesophageal cancer are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  They may be used on their own or together.

In deciding the most suitable treatment, your doctor will consider:

  • The size of the tumour
  • Location of the tumour
  • If it has spread to your lymph nodes.
  • Your symptoms, age and general state of health.

In St. James’s Hospital, treatment plans are discussed by a multidisciplinary team of consultant surgeons, consultant radiologists, consultant pathologists, consultant medical oncologist, consultant radiation oncologist and cancer nurse specialists.