Radiation therapy for esophageal cancer destroys cancerous cells by exposing them to high-energy radiation. When exposed to radiation, cancerous cells sustain permanent DNA damage, which prevents them from spreading throughout the body or causes them to die. Radiation treatments can also be used to help patients manage their esophageal cancer symptoms, such as pain and difficulty swallowing.
Radiation therapy can be delivered in two main ways:
- From a source outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy)
- Through an implant placed inside the body and removed a short time later (internal radiation therapy/brachytherapy)
Often, radiation therapy is combined with other treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy, as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. At Moffitt Cancer Center, patients have access to a broad spectrum of esophageal cancer treatments, including a number of innovative radiation-based therapies. We implement technologies such as Trilogy, Truebeam and Novalis; each patient’s specific treatment recommendation is tailored to fit his or her specific needs and goals.
Accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Moffitt Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Program focuses solely on planning and delivering radiation therapy. Patients with esophageal cancer receive care from a multispecialty team of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists, physicists, nursing specialists and other medical professionals who all focus exclusively on the treatment of their form of cancer.
To learn more about radiation therapy for esophageal cancer, or to make an appointment with Moffitt Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Program, no referral is required. Call 1-888-663-3488, or request an appointment online by completing our new patient registration form.