Esophageal Cancer

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Newly Diagnosed? What You Should Know

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you’re probably thinking hard about what to do next. Educating yourself about cancer and the treatment options explained on these pages is a good start. However, your most important decision is selecting where to get treatment.

Get Collaborative Care

At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), we view treatment as a collaborative effort. Our Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic brings together providers from many areas of cancer care. Your esophageal cancer doctors—from your surgeon to your radiation oncologist to your medical oncologist—are specialists from UW Medicine. They coordinate to design a treatment plan tailored to you, and they involve other team members, such as nutritionists, supportive care specialists, nurses, and social workers, depending on your needs.

Your doctors will discuss all of your options based on your type of esophageal cancer and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Together, your team will recommend a blend of treatments and a sequence in which to deliver your treatments to optimize your results.

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

Your Choice Matters

Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for cancer is by far the most important. That’s why your first choice in a treatment center needs to be the right one.

  • Many patients who begin their treatment at SCCA have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere
  • The experts you need are right here: a world-class team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists. 
  • As a member institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, SCCA is home to doctors who help define the guidelines for esophageal cancer care nationally. 
  • Patients at SCCA have access to advanced therapies being explored in clinical studies conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine. 
  • You’ll also find the most advanced diagnostic, treatment, and recovery programs—as well as extensive support to help you cope with your cancer.