Essentials of Diagnosis:-
• Progressive dysphagia even to liquids.
• Anaemia, weight loss.
• Chest pain—Unrelated to eating implies local exten- sion of tumour.
• Barium swallow shows irregular, frequently annular space occupying lesions.
-Irradiation is best, if upper half of oesophagus is involved.
-In absence of metastasis, tumours of lower half may be treated by resection and oesophago-gastrostomy or jejunal or colonic interposition. Gastrostomy for palliation in hopeless cases may be done to improve nutrition. Cure rate in best hands is only 5 to 10 per cent.