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MD Anderson's dedicated esophageal cancer team treats hundreds of patients with newly diagnosed cancer each year. Studies have shown a link between the number of patients treated and successful outcomes, and we have one of the most active programs in the nation. You are followed by a team of highly specialized physicians and support specialists – all with extensive experience in esophageal cancer care.

MD Anderson's dedicated esophageal cancer team treats hundreds of patients with newly diagnosed cancer each year. Studies have shown a link between the number of patients treated and successful outcomes, and we have one of the most active programs in the nation. You are followed by a team of highly specialized physicians and support specialists – all with extensive experience in esophageal cancer care.

Gauri Varadhachary, M.D. treats esophageal cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Cancer is serious. And I am seriously determined to get well.

Mary Ginley

Survivor

We are especially proud of our minimally invasive surgery capabilities, including an endoscopic mucosal resection program for patients with very early stage esophageal cancer. Minimally invasive procedures often are able to preserve the function of the esophagus and stomach and avoid the need for radical surgery. This allows you to retain higher levels of function and quality of life.

We're often able to provide hope for advanced esophageal cancer that might not be available elsewhere, including therapies that deliver maximum effectiveness with the least impact on your body.

As one of the world's largest cancer research centers, MD Anderson is leading investigation into new methods of esophageal cancer diagnosis and treatment. You benefit from the most advanced research, conducted by some of the nation's top scientists.

Treatment at MD Anderson

Esophageal cancer is treated in our Gastrointestinal Center.

Facts

Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about esophageal cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.

Esophageal cancer facts

did you know?

Persistent acid reflux is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.

Symptoms

Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.

Esophageal cancer symptoms

Diagnosis

Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.

Esophageal cancer diagnosis

Treatment

Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for esophageal cancer based on your diagnosis and disease stage.

Esophageal cancer treatment

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering promising new treatments that cannot be
found anywhere else.
 

Knowledge Center

Find the latest news and information about esophageal cancer in our Knowledge Center, including blog posts, articles, videos, news releases and more.

myCancerConnection

Talk to someone who shares your cancer diagnosis and be matched with a survivor.
 

Prevention & Screening

Many cancers can be prevented with lifestyle changes and regular screening.
 

Counseling

MD Anderson has licensed social workers to help patients and their loved ones cope with cancer.

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