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Esophageal Cancer

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More than technology, transformations.

Cancer Institute of Florida is committed to providing those with esophageal cancer the latest and most effective treatments and therapies available.

Treatment Options for Esophageal Cancer

Esophogeal Cancer Orlando
 When esophageal cancer is only in the esophagus and has not spread, surgery is the treatment of choice. The goal of surgery is to remove the cancer.

Sometimes chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of the two may be used instead of surgery, or to make surgery easier to perform.

If the patient cannot tolerate surgery or the cancer has spread to other organs, chemotherapy or radiation may be used to help reduce symptoms. This is called palliative therapy. In such cases, the disease is usually not curable.

Other treatments that may be used to improve a patient's ability to swallow include endoscopic dilation of the esophagus (sometimes with placement of a stent to keep the esophagus dilated), or photodynamic therapy.
In photodynamic therapy, a special drug is injected into the tumor, which is then exposed to light. The light activates the medicine that attacks the tumor.

For detailed information about specific esophageal cancer chemotherapy drugs, what they are used for, ways in which they are administered, along with possible therapies, contact us today.