|oesophageal cancer||medical dictionary|
<oncology> Cancer of the oesophagus (the swallowing tube that passes from the throat to the stomach). The risk of cancer of the oesophagus is increased by long-term irritation of the oesophagus such as with smoking, heavy alcohol intake, and Barrett's oesophagitis. Cancer of the oesophagus can cause difficulty and pain with swallowing solid food.
American spelling: esophageal cancer
(12 Dec 1998)
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