Esophageal Cancer Treatment
Several types of treatment can be used for esophageal cancer. A patient’s treatment plan will depend on a number of factors, including their overall health and the stage of their cancer, as well as their personal preferences. At Moffitt Cancer Center, patients can receive a wide range of esophageal cancer treatments under one roof. However, convenience isn’t the only reason that patients turn to Moffitt; patients also know that we have a skilled team of oncologists whose sole focus is treating esophageal cancer. Our multispecialty team will collaboratively create an individualized treatment plan for every patient.
While treatment varies from patient to patient, several methods are considered to be “cornerstones” of esophageal cancer treatment. For instance:
- Surgery is the most common treatment for esophageal cancer. Typically, surgeons will remove part of the esophagus in an operation called an esophagectomy and then reconnect the remaining esophagus to the stomach. Some of the advanced surgeries performed by Moffitt’s surgeons include minimally invasive, or laparoscopic esophageal resections, colonic interpositions, robotic-assisted esophageal resections and laparoscopic feeding tube placement.
- Chemotherapy is another commonly used option, especially in conjunction with surgery. With chemotherapy, powerful drugs are swallowed or injected into the bloodstream, where they work to kill rapidly-dividing cancer cells. Moffitt offers novel combination chemotherapy for treating primary and metastatic esophageal cancer.
- Radiation therapy is also used for many patients with esophageal cancer. With this treatment, high-energy beams are directed at or implanted in an esophageal tumor, with the intent of slowing down or stopping the tumor growth. Moffitt’s radiation oncology services for esophageal cancer include intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), as well as other options.
In many cases, patients will receive two or three treatments in an approach known as multimodal therapy. Additional options, such as laser therapy, electrocoagulation and immunotherapy may also be recommended. Clinical trials may also be offered to test the latest esophageal cancer treatment methods, such as new chemotherapy drugs or targeted genetic therapies. Moffitt’s esophageal cancer team supports landmark research and groundbreaking clinical trials, and we are the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.
No referrals are necessary to meet with Moffitt’s oncologists. To request an appointment with our esophageal cancer treatment team call 1-888-MOFFITT or fill out a new patient registration form online.