Esophagectomy

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If you have esophageal cancer, you may need surgery. You'll want to choose an experienced esophagectomy surgeon. And you'll need a treatment team should focus on finding the right care for your situation. 

At UVA, we perform more esophagectomies for cancer than any other program in Virginia.

Our team that includes specialists in cancer and surgery. We perform all types of esophageal surgery, including less-invasive procedures. These advanced treatments result in less pain, faster recovery, and safe outcomes.

Esophagus Surgery Types

This procedure may take out different parts of your esophagus. Your surgeon may remove:

  • Part of the esophagus and nearby lymph nodes
  • Part of the esophagus, nearby lymph nodes and the top of the stomach

After these procedures, your surgeon will reconnect the esophagus with your stomach.

Who Needs An Esophagectomy?

In patients with early-stage disease, surgery works best. Taking out part of your esophagus can cure this cancer. While a major operation, this option can save your life.

Esophagectomy Plus Chemo & Radiation

If you have a more advanced form of cancer, surgery alone won't be enough. Instead, you'll need a combination of therapies. Radiation and chemo as well as surgery can sometimes cure this cancer. They can also treat your pain and discomfort.

Procedures to Ease the Symptoms

Widespread esophagus cancer often resists treatment. At this point, we'll do everything we can to help you manage the disease. Surgery may not be an option. But we can use other techniques to clear tumors. Procedures that can help you eat and swallow include:

  • Stent placement
  • Enlarging or dilating the esophagus
  • Photodynamic therapy, using lasers

These endoscopy procedures can help when surgery is not an option.

Our Research into Esophagus Cancer 

Esophageal cancer is one of the most common thoracic cancers. The five-year survival remains at 15%. We often only catch this cancer when it has advanced beyond treatment options.

To create effective treatments, we need to know more about the biology of this disease. Our lab focuses on understanding how this cancer operates and grows. We aim to generate knowledge that will lead to new treatment discoveries.