The most common signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weight loss
  • Regurgitation or vomiting
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Indigestion or heartburn that does not go away
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Pain behind the sternum or in the back

There are other conditions that can cause these symptoms, though they should always be evaluated by a doctor. If you have symptoms that do not get better in a few weeks, it is important that you be referred to a specialist.