West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled esophageal cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, thoracic oncology and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with esophageal cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Barium swallow: a diagnostic procedure where the patient drinks a liquid containing barium. This helps to create better images of the esophagus during imaging tests.
- Esophagoscopy: a lighted tube is inserted through the nose or mouth and down the throat to look for abnormal areas within the esophagus.
- Thoracoscopy: your physician may perform a thoracoscopy, a procedure used to examine the chest to determine the presence or spread of cancer to the chest area.
- PET scan: a type of imaging scan used to determine the presence of cancer in the lymph nodes.
- Biopsy: a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your esophageal cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Surgery: surgical treatment options are most often used for patients with early stage disease. Your physician may perform an esophagectomy – a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to remove part of or the entire esophagus.
- Radiation therapy: radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. This therapy is often used in the treatment of esophageal cancer in an effort to destroy cancer cells and minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. To learn more about Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy to treat your cancer.