What does coordinated care for esophageal cancer involve?

A seamless approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and follow up of patients who are affected by swallowing and reflux disorders  includes:
  • gastroenterology;
  • otolaryngology;
  • speech and swallowing therapy;
  • thoracic surgery;
  • medical and Radiation oncology;
  • radiology.
Brett Miles, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Esophageal cancer is best treated at medical centers with multidisciplinary teams including gastrointestinal specialists, head and neck cancer surgeons, thoracic surgeons, and radiation and medical oncologists as well as a host of supportive team members such as speech/swallowing therapists, etc. Treatment decisions are best made after a complete evaluation and discussion regarding treatment options and prognosis as the treatment plans may involve various combinations of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Proper staging biopsies with a gastroenterologist and appropriate imaging procedures are critical prior to making treatment decisions.

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