Esophageal cancer

Overview

You are at the center of everything we do at the Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.

We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in esophageal cancer with a commitment to meet your unique needs.

Why choose SCCA?

  • Experienced esophageal cancer specialists
    SCCA patients receive state-of-the-art care from some of the world’s leading doctors. In fact, our doctors help define the national standards for esophageal cancer care. UW Medicine Thoracic Surgery Clinic and Center for Esophageal & Gastric Surgery, where many of our patients have surgery, are among only a few sites in the U.S. that specialize in diagnosing and surgically treating thoracic and esophageal cancers.
  • Comprehensive esophageal cancer treatment 
    Our doctors provide the full spectrum of treatments esophageal cancer may require. Based on the unique characteristics of your tumor, your team may recommend endoscopic mucosal resection, surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or radiation therapy, all available here.
  • Esophageal cancer clinical trials
    To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in esophageal cancer clinical studies not available everywhere.
  • A national leader in cancer care
    SCCA is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • NCI comprehensive cancer center
    We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Second opinions

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. 

SCCA 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 SCCA 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 SCCA 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 SCCA’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.

Request a second opinion

phone (855) 557-0555
We recognize that esophageal cancer is serious. Getting a second opinion does not have to delay the start of your treatment. We aim to see you quickly.
Second opinions

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. 

Treatment

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) experts offer comprehensive care for esophageal cancer, including advanced treatments and new options available only through clinical studies.

Providers

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.

Clinical trials

To give you access to the most innovative therapies, SCCA unites the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in esophageal cancer clinical studies not available everywhere.

Resources

There are many resources online for learning about your disease, as well as organizations that provide community and support for your cancer diagnosis. Health educators at the SCCA Patient and Family Resource Center have compiled a list of trusted sources to help you get started.