Esophageal Cancer

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Offers Expert Care for Esophageal Cancer Patients

UH Seidman Cancer Center is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 cancer centers in the country. As part of the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, our focus is on excellence in research and clinical care. This provides our patients with esophageal cancer personalized treatment options, a team approach to care, and a supportive, compassionate environment.

Comprehensive Team Approach to Cancer Care

At UH Seidman Cancer Center, providing superior cancer care for patients with esophageal cancer is our top priority. We practice a multidisciplinary team approach that begins with the patient’s first visit and continues throughout his or her treatment and recovery. This means that our doctors, nurses and staff coordinate your care with you, every step of the way. We use the latest cancer-fighting therapies, techniques and technologies to lead our patients toward positive outcomes, even a cancer cure.

Esophageal cancer patients are diagnosed and treated by our thoracic and esophageal cancer care team, which comprises medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists and gastroenterologists. This team tailors treatment plans for each patient's individual needs.

Innovation and Expert Surgical Care

Our thoracic surgeons have advanced training in minimally invasive techniques. Esophageal removal and reconstruction is among the most complex and difficult operations, and these operations can be performed minimally invasively at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Nationally, this procedure carries a 6 to 10 percent mortality, but at UH Cleveland Medical Center there has been a near zero mortality for the last eight years. Because of the minimally invasive techniques and advanced care pathways, our length of stay is two full days shorter than the national average.

Other advanced treatments offered include:

Supportive Environment

In addition to traditional treatment options, UH Seidman Cancer Center also provides patients with a supportive, nurturing environment. We offer a wide variety of resources to our patients including support groups, community education programs and clinical trials. Our patients also may receive:

Cancer Clinical Trials

UH Seidman Cancer Center has many available clinical trials for patients with esophageal cancer, including:

  • Studying the use of PET Scan after chemo to decide future treatment for esophageal cancer. Learn more.
  • Studying radiation and chemo with or without an antibody followed by surgery for esophageal cancer that has not been treated. Learn more.
  • The first in the country trial involving a brachytherapy stent which will deliver 3-D computer planned radiation to the esophagus via an implanted stent
  • The use of an integrated PET-MRI scanner to more accurately stage esophageal cancers and assign patients to the most effective therapies

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