What Is an Esophagogastrectomy & Can It Treat Esophageal Cancer?
An esophagogastrectomy is a surgical procedure during which a surgeon removes a cancerous portion the esophagus along with surrounding lymph nodes and the top portion of the stomach. To allow food to continue to pass normally through the digestive system, the remaining section of the esophagus is attached to the remaining section of the stomach. However, because part of the stomach is removed, patients typically find that they feel fuller faster when eating after an esophagogastrectomy. High-fat and high-sugar foods may also be more difficult to tolerate after the surgery.
Surgeons may recommend an esophagogastrectomy as a treatment for esophageal cancer or certain precancerous conditions, such as Barrett’s esophagus. For cancers that have spread outside of the original location, additional treatments may also be suggested, including:
- Radiation therapy
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our patients can access a comprehensive range of treatments in a single, convenient location, streamlining the implementation of our multispecialty treatment plans. Our oncologists are among the most experienced in their respective fields, enabling us to provide highly targeted treatments while improving patient outcomes and quality of life. And, after an esophagogastrectomy, patients are able to take advantage of our various supportive care services, including nutritional consultations to help them adjust to their new dietary needs.
To learn more about our surgical services, call 1-888-MOFFITT or submit a new patient registration form online. No referral is required to consult with one of our expert oncologists regarding an esophagogastrectomy or another form of esophageal cancer surgery.