Because esophageal cancer is usually diagnosed in the later stages, it has often spread, making it difficult to treat. Esophageal cancer is relatively rare in the United States and few clinicians specialize in its treatment. It is important to choose a treatment center with an experienced team that has treated many patients with esophageal cancer.
Our Treatment Approach
The Center for Esophageal and Gastric Cancer at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center brings together a team of experts who specialize in treating esophageal cancer. Our center sees more than 200 cases of esophageal cancer a year, and offers patients the most advanced treatments, including clinical trials. Some of these therapies are not available elsewhere and are developed by research scientists in our own laboratories.
Personalized Treatment Plans
We are a highly specialized center, and we focus on the distinct needs of people with esophageal cancer. This enables us to provide a very personalized approach to your care.
Our specialists work closely together and collaborate regularly to ensure that your care plan offers the best possible outcomes and that all your needs are met. Your health care team will take the time to listen, understand your needs and preferences, and help you gain a sense of control over your life. We offer the most effective therapies possible, while also helping you maintain your quality of life during treatment. We encourage you to be actively involved in the decision-making process.
Your team of specialists — medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, and nutritionists — works closely together from your initial diagnosis and throughout your entire treatment process, ensuring that your care is coordinated. Because specialists from each discipline regularly discuss your case, we ensure that all feasible approaches to treatment are considered, and that you receive the combination of treatments that works best for you.