Treating Esophageal Cancer
The esophagus is the long tube that connects your throat to your stomach, ensuring that the food and liquids you ingest reach your stomach for digestion. When cancerous cells are found growing in the walls of the esophagus, patients are diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
The earlier doctors find esophageal cancer, the easier the disease is to treat. At MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, our Esophageal Cancer Program specialists use advanced screening programs, cutting-edge evaluation techniques, and innovative treatments. We also offer resources such as financial counseling and nutrition guidance, providing multifaceted support during your treatment.
For more than 130 years, we’ve been providing specialized care to men and women around South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. If you’re looking for an experienced ally in your fight against esophageal cancer, consider MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.
The Benefits of Choosing MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
MD Anderson at Cooper provides comprehensive, personalized care that ensures patients move confidently through their cancer treatments. We use the latest technology for accurate diagnosis and our team of esophageal cancer experts offers the most advanced treatment options available. Among many other benefits, choosing MD Anderson at Cooper provides:
- Physicians with extensive experience treating esophageal cancers.
- A team approach to treatment: Our team of physicians, surgeons, nurses and other cancer specialists work together to coordinate your care and expedite your recovery.
- Access to clinical trials providing patients with cancer treatment options that may not be available elsewhere.
- Enhanced recovery protocols that can help you feel better sooner, before and after surgery for esophageal cancer.
- Support services ranging from nutritional counseling to behavioral medicine provided before, during, and after your treatments.
Knowing the Signs: Esophageal Cancer Symptoms
Diagnosing esophageal cancer during the early stages of the disease greatly increases the effectiveness of treatment. Unfortunately, in most cases, early stage esophageal cancer produces no symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of esophageal cancer include:
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Difficult or painful swallowing (dysphagia)
- Pain, pressure or burning in the throat or chest
- Weight loss
- Black tar-like stools
- Persistent hiccups
- Chronic cough
- High levels of calcium in the blood
Many of these symptoms are also associated with other medical conditions, so having any of them does not necessarily mean that you have esophageal cancer.
Are you high risk?
With just a minimally invasive procedure, our gastroenterologists can make an accurate diagnosis for high-risk patients earlier on, when treatments are most effective. You may be considered high risk if you:
- Suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease or Barrett’s esophagus
- Are a heavy smoker
- Are a heavy drinker
- Are obese
- Have acid reflux
- Have undergone radiation treatment to the chest or upper abdomen
By drinking less alcohol and scalding liquids and adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals, you can greatly reduce your risk of esophageal cancer.
Understanding Esophageal Cancer Treatment
The key to an effective treatment is creating a customized plan that’s tailored to each patient’s needs. Our doctors and specialists create each treatment plan by considering numerous factors such as where the cancer is located, the type of cancerous cells found, whether and how far the cancer has spread, and other health concerns you may have.
Get in Touch with MD Anderson at Cooper
The team at MD Anderson at Cooper can provide you with comprehensive, personalized care for esophageal cancer.
To learn more about the ways we can help you fight back against esophageal cancer at MD Anderson at Cooper or to schedule an appointment, please call 855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667).