- How is cancer of the esophagus treated?
- Surgery for cancer of the esophagus
- Radiation treatment for cancer of the esophagus
- Chemotherapy for cancer of the esophagus
- Targeted therapy for cancer of the esophagus
- Other types of treatments for cancer of the esophagus
- Clinical trials for cancer of the esophagus
- Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer of the esophagus
How is cancer of the esophagus treated?
After the cancer is found and staged, your doctor will talk to you about a treatment plan. There is a lot for you to think about when choosing the best way to treat or manage your cancer. There may be more than one treatment to choose from. Give yourself time to think about the information you have been given.
You may want to get a second opinion. A second opinion can give you more information and help you feel good about the treatment you choose.
The main options for treatment of cancer of the esophagus include:
Other treatments may also be used for early cancers and pre-cancers of the esophagus. Some of these help relieve symptoms such as pain and blockage.
You may have different types of doctors on your treatment team. These doctors might include:
- A thoracic surgeon: a doctor who treats diseases of the chest with surgery.
- A radiation oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with radiation.
- A medical oncologist: a doctor who treats cancer with medicines such as chemotherapy.
- A gastroenterologist: a doctor who specializes in treatment of diseases of the digestive system.
Many other specialists may be involved in your care as well.
Last Medical Review: 12/26/2012
Last Revised: 12/26/2012