Esophageal Cancer Overview
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From accurate staging to the newest treatments, as a patient of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) you will receive state-of-the-art care from some of the world’s leading doctors. Your team is made up of UW Medicine specialists who work as a team to treat people with gastrointestinal and thoracic cancers, including esophageal cancer. Our Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic brings these providers together so they can design and deliver a treatment plan tailored to you.

Cancer treatment is changing rapidly, and SCCA offers the latest and best treatments, including:

  • Novel chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Therapies tailored to the location and extent of the cancer
  • Surgical procedures that are less invasive, like minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Collaborative care teams of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists who focus specifically on esophageal cancer

Whether you have early stage, locally advanced, or metastatic disease, the multidisciplinary care you need is here.

The UW Medicine Thoracic Surgery Clinic and Center for Esophageal & Gastric Surgery, where many of our patients receive surgical care, are among only a few sites in the United States that specialize in diagnosing and surgically treating thoracic and esophageal malignancies.

SCCA was formed, in part, to bring promising new treatments to patients faster. This means more treatment options at SCCA than you might find elsewhere, including the chance to participate in clinical research studies conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.