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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Radiation therapy for esophageal cancer

radiation therapy

Radiation therapy may be an option in cases when esophageal cancer has advanced, and is often performed in conjunction with chemotherapy. If radiation therapy helps shrink the tumor, surgery may be performed.

Side effects of radiation therapy, which may include difficulty swallowing, are also managed during cancer treatment. A stent may be placed in the esophagus before radiation therapy begins, and a temporary feeding tube may be used to help patients receive necessary nutrients during treatment.