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Stanford's Esophageal Cancer Expertise

The multi-specialty team at Stanford's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program have broad experience treating esophageal cancer and in providing patients with compassionate, quality care. Advanced diagnostics and treatments available to patients include:

  • Treatment and monitoring of Barrett's Esophagus, a condition that can lead to esophageal cancer
  • Upper endoscopy (EGD) with ultrasound (EUS) for biopsy and staging
  • Expert pathologists for accurate diagnosis
  • High resolution CT, MRI, and PET scans, which add accuracy to the diagnosis and staging of the disease
  • State-of-the-art surgical techniques, such as transhiatal esophagectomy and minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Expertise in Radiation Therapy using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for focused treatment and minimal toxicity to healthy tissue
  • Chemotherapy with or without targeted therapies (such as antibodies) for unique types of esophageal cancer

Stanford operates a dedicated weekly multi-specialty GI Tumor Board attended by surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, and pathologists.

Additionally, Stanford's Gastrointestinal Cancer Program physicians actively study new diagnostic tools and treatments for patients with esophageal cancer. When appropriate, patients are invited to participate in studies to investigate the newest treatments as well as large-scale clinical trials for more established treatments.

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