If you’ve been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated.
Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options.
Fred Hutch is home to the region’s only Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic, where our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and supportive care professionals come together weekly to discuss and care for people with esophageal cancer as a team. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one doctor but an entire group of specialists.
Based on your unique situation, we might schedule you with a single specialist who is best qualified to provide an opinion about your options — for example, if you have metastatic esophageal cancer.
Talk with esophageal cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.
Call us at (855) 557-0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.
How a second opinion can help
Getting a second opinion from doctors who specialize in esophageal cancer can help you:
Feel confident that your cancer has been accurately diagnosed and staged
There are several types of esophageal cancer, and evaluating the stage of these tumors can be complex. Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from Fred Hutch are experts in diagnosing esophageal cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.
Consider state-of-the-art treatment options
A second opinion may identify better, more advanced or more aggressive options, including minimally invasive surgeries, endoscopic therapies, clinical studies of new approaches to treatment and new chemotherapies, and advanced radiation technologies, such as proton therapy.
Understand the benefits of specialized, multidisciplinary care
The team of esophageal cancer specialists from Fred Hutch offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.
Start with a course of therapy tailored to you
We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.
Learn whether genetics play a role
Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.