Our physicians, surgeons, and oncologists have dedicated their careers to treating and studying cancer of the esophagus. Our experienced team works together and across multiple disciplines to determine the strongest, most effective treatment plan for you.
We use the latest techniques and technology to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. At the Cancer Institute, you will find:
Depending on the stage of the cancer, we may use a single treatment technique, or we may combine therapy options to give you the best results. At every step of the way, we discuss your options and consider your personal preferences and lifestyle.
Surgeons at the Cancer Institute use the latest techniques and technologies, and are among the most experienced in the country. Their expertise ensures that you receive the most comprehensive treatment plan with the best possible results.
We have an array of endoscopic therapies for early cancers that can save the esophagus. If we detect the cancer early enough, endoscopic therapy may be enough. You may not need other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Our advanced surgical options include:
Treatment for esophageal cancer may require radiation therapy (high-dose radiation beams directed at the tumor) alone or before or after surgery.
At the Cancer Institute, we use sophisticated technology, including advanced computer software and imaging. In fact, we’re the only radiation oncology network in western Pennsylvania accredited by the American College of Radiology. This accreditation means the Cancer Institute meets specific guidelines for patient safety, quality control, and efficiency of equipment.
Our advanced radiation therapies include:
Our expert oncologists treat patients using a variety of medications. You may receive these drugs by vein (intravenously) or through the mouth (orally). Sometimes this treatment may be the only one you need. Other times, you may have the treatment before or after surgery to ensure better results. Our advanced medical oncology therapies include:
Through our partnership with AHN’s Esophageal Institute, we have a robust clinical trials program that is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country.
Features of our clinical trials program:
When esophageal cancer is caught in an advanced stage, surgical removal of the tumor may not be an effective treatment option. Palliative treatments will not cure the cancer, but they can make you feel better and improve your quality of life. Palliative care options include:
Many of our treatment plans for esophageal cancer are minimally invasive and have a quick recovery time. After more complex procedures, rehabilitation may be necessary.
There is no better place in the nation to recover than in our advanced clinic. The clinic is part of the Esophageal Institute and includes our leading-edge Voice, Swallowing, and Nutrition Center, which helps you resume a full life following treatment. You have access to: