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Diagnosing and Treating Esophageal Cancer

Because most patients do not experience symptoms in the early stages of esophageal cancer, it is often not diagnosed until it is locally advanced or has metastasized (spread) to other parts of the body. Esophageal cancer falls into two categories, adenocarcinoma esophageal cancer and squamous cell esophageal cancer.

Newly diagnosed patients and those who may want a second opinion should look for a medical center that is experienced at treating esophageal cancer at every stage, from diagnosis through post-treatment therapies and palliative care.

To give patients the best possible prognosis, treatment must be quick, comprehensive, and use the most effective techniques available delivered by a team that specializes in treating both types of esophageal cancer.

Consultations with a team of esophageal experts in one day

The need for immediate, effective treatment is why the esophageal cancer experts at Johns Hopkins created a multi-disciplinary clinic for esophageal cancer patients. Patients, both those already diagnosed and those who may have symptoms, can call and talk to a coordinator who can direct them to their first steps, whether that is diagnosis and staging or an appointment with the multidisciplinary team. Patients can also find out about available clinical trials during that call.

"We deal with patients at every stage of the disease," notes a Johns Hopkins oncologist and researcher. "From those who have not been diagnosed yet, to those who have early-stage (non-advanced) tumors, to locally advanced, to those patients dealing with cancer that has metastasized. The value of our clinic is that we assemble leading medical experts from every specialty that deals with esophageal cancer-oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and gastroenterologists--in one room to look at each individual case and provide a treatment plan."

For an appointment and answers to your questions

As a leading treatment center for esophageal cancer, Johns Hopkins sees between 50 and 100 newly diagnosed patients a year, providing a depth of experience that assures our patients that they will receive the best possible treatment plan for their diagnosis.

To make an appointment or if you have questions, call 410-933-5420.

For more information

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