12 Common Signs & Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer You Should Need to Know

2) Increased salivation

As the swallowing problem gets worse, patients also describe an increase in salivation. Saliva is the body’s lubricant that helps to pass food to the stomach, and chewing activates salivation. The organism would likely start producing more saliva to improve transit through the esophagus or triggered by careful and slow chewing adopted by the patient to avoid choking on big pieces of food.