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Luis Troyano has passed away from oesophageal cancer aged 48. The news of the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) star’s death was shared by his agent, Anne Kibel, on Twitter. She paid her respects to the GBBO runner-up and marketing manager from Poynton, Stockport writing: “Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against oesophageal cancer last week.
“A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts.”
Oesophageal cancer is a cancer found anywhere in the oesophagus – an organ also known as the gullet or food pipe that connects the mouth to the stomach.
There are many possible symptoms of oesophageal cancer, but they may be difficult to watch, warns the NHS.
It says symptoms can affect your digestion, for examples:
- Problems with swallowing (dysphagia)
- Feeling or being sick
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Indigestion, such as burping a lot
Other symptoms may include:
- A cough that is not getting better
- A hoarse voice
- Loss of appetite or losing weight without trying to
- Feeling tired or having no energy
- Pain in your throat or the middle of your chest, especially when swallowing
The health body adds: “If you have another condition, such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, you may get symptoms like these regularly.
“You might find you get used to them. But it’s important to be checked by a GP if your symptoms change, get worse, or do not feel normal for you.”
It also advises you get advice from 111 if you’re being sick for more than two days or you have symptoms you’re worried about, but are not sure where to get help.
You should see your GP if you have problems swallowing or have lost a noticeable amount of weight over the last six to 12 months without trying.
Also contact your GP if you have other symptoms of oesophageal cancer that get worse or do not get better after two weeks.
A condition that causes symptoms with your digestion that are not getting better after two weeks of using your usual treatments.
Since Luis’ passing, his wife Louise has created a Just Giving page to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She wrote on the page: “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure x
“This page has been set up for Macmillan Cancer Support but in truth, Luis gave a big thank you to everyone involved in his care.”
She added: “In Luis’ own words.. A special thank you to Macmillan Cancer Support, East Cheshire Hospice and the NHS including Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust for trying to save my life and their tireless work to try and eliminate cancer.
“But more importantly a massive thank you to all the amazing professionals who really did try their absolute best for me, showed me absolute compassion and gave me more time than what was seemingly possible. I thank you sincerely.”
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