Cancer of the Oesophagus

Cancer of the oesophagus characteristically presents with difficulty in swallowing, with food tending to stick in the patient’s throat.  It may also be associated with weight loss, chest pain or a cough.  GPs should refer patients to a specialist thoracic or gastrointestinal surgeon who should perform an examination and organise investigations to include full blood count, biochemical profile and chest x-ray.  This should be followed by a barium swallow and fibreoptic oesophagoscopy where biopsies are taken.  Staging investigations will also include CT scanning.


Call Freephone 0800 358 3848

If you think you or a member of your family has suffered due to Delayed Diagnosis, Misdiagnosis or Cancer Diagnosis Negligence our specialist team of solicitors can help you recover the compensation you and your family deserve, Call us today or start your claim online and we will call you back.


Delays in Diagnosis

Treatment depends on the stage and site of the tumour.  If confined to the oesophagus, surgery (an oesophagectomy) may be performed.  Radical and palliative radiotherapy may also be offered as treatment.  

The prognosis of oesophageal cancer is often poor and therefore medical negligence claims are often difficult to prove. To succed in a medical negligence claim you need to prove that the delay affected the outcome. Usually this means you need to prove that during the delay the cancer progressed to a more advanced stage. Therefore, delays of a few months are unlikely to be enough. However if cancer is left, it is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body.

However, mistakes in diagnosing oesphageal cancer can be very serious. Medical negligence claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out adequate examination or take an accurate history

  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist thoracic or gastrointestinal surgeon for further investigation

  • Mistakes in interpreting the investigations

  • Mistaken diagnosis of cancer of the osephagus


Med -neg -review


Contact us

For further information or if you believe you have a cancer misdiagnosis claim, please contact our medical negligence team. All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including legal aid and no win, no fee.

  1. You can speak to any member of our Medical Negligence team on freephone 0800 358 3848

  2. e-Mail us at or,

  3. Complete our short enquiry form.

Activity stream