People with esophageal cancer may experience pain caused by cancer treatment or by a growing tumor. Your doctor can work to control your pain by treating the cause or with medications. Still, pain may persist, and complementary and alternative therapies may help you cope. In the meantime, try to: If you have trouble swallowing, choose foods that are soothing and easy to swallow, such as soups, yogurt or milkshakes. Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones. If snacks are readily available, you're more likely to eat. If you haven't been eating as much as you normally would or if your diet is restricted, you could be deficient in a variety of nutrients.
Options for complementary and alternative therapies include: Acupuncture, Guided imagery, Hypnosis, Massage, Relaxation techniques. Ask your doctor whether these options are safe for you.