As has been mentioned, patients with oesophageal cancer can often eat, but also often have to alter their diet or if the cancer is large enough to narrow the oesophagus. These alterations of diet are eating more soft/mushy foods or even being restricted to soups and liquids.
Conversely, it is important to remember that just because you can still eat relatively normally, this does not mean you don't have oesophageal cancer.
The important message is that if anyone is having difficulty swallowing, particularly initially with food like fresh bread or chunks of meat getting stuck, it is important to discuss this with your doctor soon and it may be pertinent to undergo an endoscopy to rule out cancer. If you wait till your swallowing problem progresses so you can only eat mushy food or are restricted to liquids, then it will probably be much harder to treat the cancer at this later stage.
It is also important to note that early oesophageal cancer does not have symptoms, and hence if anyone has a risk factor for oesophageal cancer, such as many many years of untreated acid reflux, then an endoscopy (camera into the oesophagus) may also be indicated to rule out cancer or pre-cancer, and then the acid reflux should also be treated.
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