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Gastroenterology for esophageal cancer

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What is gastroenterology?

Our Gastroenterology team deals with disorders of the digestive system, which is an important component for the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer. We offer innovative, minimally invasive procedures to treat esophageal tumors, and relieve the troubling symptoms that often accompany the disease.

As part of the nutrition and metabolic support group, our gastroenterologists work closely with your oncologists, dietitians, naturopathic clinicians and the other members of your esophageal cancer team.

Gastroenterology for esophageal cancer

Some gastrointestinal (GI) procedures for esophageal cancer include:

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): Allows us to view high-quality images of the esophagus and deliver treatment directly to an esophageal mass.
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR): This procedure is used to remove very early stage cancer in the esophagus. In some cases, it can be used during the diagnosis process. During an EMR, a thin tube (endoscope) is inserted down the throat. The endoscope will have instruments attached to the end that will remove the tumor.
  • Balloon dilation for obstruction
  • Stent placements
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
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