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Gastroenterology for esophageal cancer


Gastroenterology for esophageal cancer

Some gastrointestinal (GI) procedures for esophageal cancer include:

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): An EUS allows us to view high-quality images of the esophagus and deliver treatment directly to a mass.
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR): This procedure is used to remove very early-stage cancer in the esophagus. In some cases, it may be used during the diagnosis process. During an EMR, a thin tube (endoscope) is inserted down the throat. The endoscope has instruments attached to the end that are designed to remove the tumor.
  • Cryotherapy: This procedure uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill cancer cells, which may shrink the tumor. This may also help improve swallowing.
  • Balloon dilation for obstruction
  • Stent placements
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

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.