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Esophageal Cancer Treatment

There are several esophageal cancer treatment options available. Each patient’s treatment plan depends on a variety of factors, such as the type of esophageal cells involved in the cancer, the stage of the cancer, and his or her overall health. At Tampa General Hospital, we provide comprehensive, individualized treatment for patients with cancer of the esophagus through our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists.

TGH most commonly uses a combination of the following esophageal cancer treatment strategies:

  • Surgery – The type of surgery a patient will receive depends primarily on the form, stage, and placement of his or her cancer. For early stage cancers, it may be possible to eliminate only the tumors and a small amount of healthy tissue surrounding them. However, many patients require an esophagostomy which involves removing part of the esophagus.
  • Radiation therapy – This treatment is designed to slow or stop the growth of a tumor through the use of high-energy beams that can be implanted near the esophageal tumor (brachytherapy) or directed at the cancer from outside of the body (external beam radiation).
  • Chemotherapy – This treatment strategy is often used in conjunction with surgery and/or radiation therapy and involves the use of powerful drugs to kill cancer cells.

For a physician referral, please use our PhysicianFinder tool or call (813) 844-2200.