Esophageal Cancer Surgery

Esophageal cancer surgery is a common type of treatment in which a surgeon removes part or all of the esophagus, along with some of the nearby lymph nodes and, in some cases, the upper part of the stomach. This can eliminate most (or all) of the cancerous cells from the body, although radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be recommended after the operation to ensure that any remaining cells are destroyed.

When evaluating a patient for esophageal cancer surgery, a surgical team will consider factors such as:

  • The size and stage of the cancer
  • The histological type of the cancer (the way the cells look under a microscope)
  • The location of the tumor
  • The patient’s age and overall health

Most surgery for esophageal cancer involves removing a tumor through a standard esophagectomy, although early-stage cancers that are limited to the superficial lining of the esophagus may be eligible for an endoscopic mucosal resection. More extensive cancers may require an esophagogastrectomy instead.

When a patient turns to Moffitt Cancer Center for esophageal cancer surgery, a multispecialty team of surgical experts will assess his or her needs to recommend the most appropriate type of procedure. We offer some of the most advanced technologies and surgical techniques available, such as minimally invasive and robotic-assisted operations. These options can reduce complications and potentially shorten patients’ recovery times.

We are known not only as a leader in surgical innovation, but also as a high-volume cancer center. We have extensive experience, performing countless esophageal cancer surgeries in any given year. Our surgeons have an unparalleled level of expertise, allowing them to produce exceptional outcomes and extremely high levels of patient satisfaction. And, patients won’t just benefit from one physician’s knowledge – at Moffitt, a team of skilled surgeons, pathologists, medical oncologists and other medical professionals will all work together to tailor a patient’s treatment plan. Furthermore, Moffitt has been named High Performing in terms of gastroenterology surgery, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings.

Referrals are not required to seek treatment at Moffitt. To learn more about your options for esophageal cancer surgery, call 1-888-663-3488 or request an appointment online.


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