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Does an oesophageal tumour mean cancer?

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Does an oesophageal tumour mean it is necessarily cancer? Especially if 35-40cm? Can it be benign?

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I am not sure if the measurements you wrote to us referred to the tumour size itself or to the position of the tumour at the lower level in the oesophagus? We will need more clarity on this so please write to us with more information or call our Health at Hand line on 0800 003004. Nurses are available 24 hours a day.

To provide base line information, the oesophagus is a muscular tube, measuring approximately 20-35cm long and 2-3cm wide. There are various oesophageal tumours and they can be benign or malignant (cancer). Biopsies and also advanced scans can establish the type of the tumour.

There is also a specific condition, Barrett’s oesophagus, where the cells of the oesophagus grow abnormally. This condition is monitored closely as some people can develop cancer from it.

The initial stages of the diagnosis are very concerning for all of us, so please discuss with the specialist or GP and also contact us for further support, if you need to.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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