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Dr Jaideep Raj Rao has over 25 years of experience in performing oesophageal cancer surgery


  • Experienced & internationally trained in Korea

  • Senior Consultant & Head of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital for 10 years

  • Honorary international member of the Korean laparoscopic gastric cancer surgery society.

  • Various treatment options specialising in minimal access surgery and Robotic surgery

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What is oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer can occur when a malignant tumor forms in the lining of the oesophagus. As the tumor grows, it can affect the deep tissues and muscle of the oesophagus. A tumor can appear anywhere along the length of the oesophagus, including where the oesophagus and the stomach meet.

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What are the common types of oesophageal cancer?

Squamous cell carcinoma

occurs when cancer starts in the flat, thin cells that make up the lining of the oesophagus. This form most often appears in the top or middle of the oesophagus, but it can appear anywhere. 


occurs when cancer starts in the glandular cells of the oesophagus that are responsible for the production of fluids such as mucus. Adenocarcinomas are most common in the lower portion of the oesophagus.

Causes of Oesophageal Cancer

As with most cancers, the cause of oesophageal cancer isn’t yet known. It’s believed to be related to abnormalities (mutations) in the DNA of the cells related to the oesophagus.


These mutations signal the cells to multiply more rapidly than normal cells. These mutations also disrupt the signal for these cells to die when they should. This causes them to accumulate and become tumors.

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WHO IS AT RISK OF OEsophageal Cancer

  • Heavy drinkers and habitual smokers

  • Those with gastrooesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

  • Obese patients, who have higher tendency of acid reflux

  • Sufferers of achalasia, a condition in which the smooth muscle fibres of the oesophagus cannot relax

  • Those with oesophageal strictures developing after ingesting corrosive agents

OEsophageal Cancer SYMPTOMS

During the early stages of oesophageal cancer, you probably won’t experience any symptoms. As your cancer progresses, you may experience:

  • Unintentional weight loss

  • Indigestion  and Heartburn

  • Pain or difficulty when swallowing

  • Frequent choking while eating

  • Vomiting

  • Food coming back up the oesophagus

  • chest pain and fatigue

  • chronic cough

  • hiccups

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Providing Customized & Tailor Treatment Options For Your Condition

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Dr Jaideep Raj Rao - Senior Consultant Surgeon



  • MBBS

  • MMed (Master of Medicine, National University of Singapore)

  • MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)

  • FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)

  • FAMS (Fellow of Academy of Medicine, Singapore)

Dr Jaideep Raj Rao is a senior consultant Surgeon at JR SURGERY in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital who specialises in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastric, Oesophageal  and pancreatic cancer surgery. He was awarded the National Healthcare Human Manpower Development program fellowship by Ministry of Health in 2007 and trained in Seoul National University and Bundang hospital in Korea and specialises in Stomach preservation Surgeries using Minimal Access Techniques such as Laparoscopic and Robot Assisted. He is involved in multiple stomach cancer surgery research both in Korea and Singapore

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Arden Jr Surgery Clinic

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Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, #08-32, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563

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