The esophagus connects the throat to the stomach. It is a hollow muscular tube. Cancer of the esophagus starts in the mucous membrane that lines this tube. This cancer can spread outward through the other layers. It has few symptoms.
The two main esophageal cancers are:
Squamous cell carcinoma grows in the cells lining the esophagus. These cells are called squamous cells. This cancer usually occurs in the middle or upper part of the esophagus.
Adenocarcinoma is the most common form of esophageal cancer. It forms in the glandular cells that release fluids like mucus, usually in the lower part of the esophagus near the stomach.
At Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, South Florida's most experienced gastrointestinal (GI) cancer team will care for you. From minimally invasive surgeries to new targeted drugs, immunotherapies, and clinical trials, Sylvester offers you innovation leading to improved esophageal cancer outcomes.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
High volume experience with esophageal and stomach cancer. This results in better survival length and fewer complications than if treated by surgeons who see only a few esophageal cancer cases a year.
Our reconstructive specialists can rebuild an esophagus or stomach after surgery. You can regain the quality of life you are accustomed to living.
Advanced radiation therapy options like ViewRay (one of just five centers nationwide), RapidArc, and a Siemens 40-slice 4D-CT scanner, offering intensity modulated external radiation therapy (IMRT). You receive more efficient and effective treatments, shorter treatment times, improved accuracy and less damage to surrounding healthy tissue near the tumor.
The only designated Cancer Center of Excellence in South Florida. We treat cancer, and only cancer, giving you the best potential outcomes. The likelihood of a patient surviving cancer after five years at a Dedicated Cancer Center is 17 percent higher than at other hospitals.
More cancer clinical trials than any other South Florida hospital. If appropriate for your cancer and stage, our clinical trials provide you with the very newest ways to treat and potentially cure your cancer.
Multidisciplinary care teams with nationally recognized expertise. Your care team is made up of experts in your exact type of cancer, and every single aspect of it.
Access to precision medicine. We define your cancer and its treatment by the genes driving it, rather than solely its location and stage.
Nurse navigators ensure you’re never alone on your cancer journey. We make sure all your records from outside Sylvester are received, coordinate specialty appointments, and testing, and answer your questions.