Esophageal cancer starts in the esophagus. The esophagus is the initial part of the gastrointestinal tract that runs from the back of throat, through the center of the chest and connects with the stomach in the upper part of the abdomen.
Esophageal cancer is divided into two main types: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma is more common in the United States.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) for esophageal cancer?
At the CTRC, a multidisciplinary team led by gastrointestinal medical oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists partner with gastrointestinal physicians and surgeons trained in endoscopy techniques. They also work closely with thoracic surgeons, who focus on surgical techniques for cancers of the esophagus. Together, the members of this team work with you to design your treatment plan.
Treatment and care is delivered after rapid comprehensive evaluations and discussion with a team that includes pathologists who specialize in gastrointestinal pathology at one of our regularly conducted cancer conferences. The CTRC’s gastrointestinal oncology team partners with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations for clinical trial-based treatment options for all patients.
Clinical trials at the CTRC
As a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), esophageal cancer patients at the CTRC benefit from care provided by teams who specialize in all phases of clinical trials.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.