Esophageal cancer starts in the esophagus. The esophagus is the initial part of the gastrointestinal tract that runs from the back of the 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 UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for esophageal cancer?
At the cancer center, 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 are 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 cancer center's gastrointestinal oncology team partners with the National Cancer Institute and other organizations for clinical trial-based treatment options for all patients.
As a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), esophageal cancer patients at the cancer center 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 main number: 210-450-1000 or 800-340-2872.