Oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer affects the oesophagus, the tube which carries food from the back of the mouth to the stomach. It is more common in men and in people over 60 years of age.

The two main types of oesophageal cancer are:

  • adenocarcinoma, which usually affects in the lower part of the oesophagus
  • squamous cell carcinoma, which is more common in the upper part of the oesophagus.
The Cancer Institute NSW recommends that all people with cancer have their care overseen by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

In addition, people with oesophageal cancer may need complex treatment and should be seen at a specialist centre.

Use our Canrefer website to find multidisciplinary teams and specialist centres in NSW and ACT.

Being diagnosed with cancer can be stressful and confusing. Having the right information can help you talk to your cancer care team and be more involved in your care.