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Esophageal cancer and its treatment—radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery—are physically wearing for the patient. The cancer itself and its treatment can cause exhaustion, lack of appetite, and other symptoms. In addition, surgery means adjusting to a new way of eating. The Johns Hopkins Esophageal Cancer Program offers therapeutic services to assist and support patients and their families during and after treatment.
In some cases, the cancer may not be curable. In those cases, Johns Hopkins offers palliative care to provide patients the best possible quality of life.
The Esophageal Cancer Program offers specific support to esophageal cancer patients, including:
- The services of a registered dietician to counsel and advise patients and their families about the effects of esophageal cancer and dietary needs
- Services to help patients who have difficulty swallowing
- Dealing with a feeding tube (if necessary), which is placed to provide nutrition directly to the stomach during recovery after surgery, or, in some cases, during chemotherapy and radiation as well
- Dealing with a stent, which is placed in the esophagus to help with swallowing
- Physical therapy to help patients gain strength after treatment
Johns Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a palliative care center that provides guidance in making difficult decisions, emotional support, and expert treatment of pain and symptom management.
Experts with national and international reputations for expertise and experience lead Johns Hopkins’ palliative care program. The program combines compassionate clinical care with rigorous research to ensure that patients and their families receive the best possible care, guidance, and support.
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.