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This course aims to increase healthcare professionals’ confidence in identifying symptoms and risk factors indicative of possible oesophageal cancer and differentiating between referral pathways.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course you will:

  • Recognise symptoms and risk factors associated with oesophageal cancer
  • Explore strategies to allow patients to discuss well-being
  • Differentiate causes and locations of dysphagia
  • Increase confidence in discussing and making referrals to specific urgent pathways


This course is centred around the story of Frank Downey, a 63-year-old man who is visiting his GP for a repeat prescription.

The key elements of this course are:

  • Facts and Figures
  • Interactive consultation
  • Symptoms, investigations and treatments
  • Barrett’s oesophagus
  • NICE NG12 Guideline
  • COVID-19 update
  • Summary


There will be access to additional resources throughout the course. These resources are optional should you want to deepen your knowledge of a particular aspect of the course. However, the time taken to access the resources is not included in the 1 hour time frame given to complete the course.


This course was developed by The GatewayC Development Team, with digital and design support being provided by The Christie’s Digital Learning Team.

The following individuals were involved in the development of this course:

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Mr Simon Galloway

Mr Galloway is a Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon. He has been involved in research into the immunology of oesophagogastric cancer, and has published widely on all aspects of general and oesophagogastric surgery.

This course is supported by Cancer Research UK and Guts UK.

Copyright and Reviews

All content copyright is owned by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 4BX, United Kingdom

Date of publication: December 2020
Date of last review: December 2020


This course has been endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). To view our endorsement statement, please click here.

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