Cancer is serious. And I am seriously determined to get well.
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.
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.
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Persistent acid reflux is a risk factor for esophageal cancer.
Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for esophageal cancer based on your diagnosis and disease stage.
BY Mary Ginley
November 20, 2014
Last fall, I had trouble swallowing. I assumed it was acid reflux and went to the doctor for some swallow tests. My doctor also suspected it was acid reflex. That afternoon, he called to say we were both wrong.
“It’s bad, Mary. It’s esophageal cancer. You need an endoscopy and biopsy immediately, and you need to clear your calendar. It’s going to be rough.”
I remember sitting down, stunned. I had never heard of esophageal...