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Conditions We Treat: Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that originates in the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube in your body that transports food from your mouth to your stomach.

Esophageal Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • If you have Barrett’s esophagus, your doctor will monitor you closely, as it increases the risk of developing esophageal cancer.
  • Symptoms of esophageal cancer are often nonspecific. Your gastroenterologist can provide a definitive diagnosis.
  • Our team may use a smart biopsy to confirm a diagnosis of cancer.
  • Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or endoscopic treatment.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for esophageal cancer?


Our Physicians

Specialists in treating esophageal cancer, our physicians offer patients the most promising treatments available.

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Barrett's Esophagus (Esophageal Cancer) | Tom's Story

Tom Holste learned he had Barrett's Esophagus (esophageal cancer) after suffering from severe acid reflux and heartburn for more than a decade. He went through multiple treatments for his Barrett's Esophagus but it wasn't until he met Marcia Canto, M.D., Director of Clinical Research, Division of Gastroenterology, at Johns Hopkins Medicine that he was cured. Dr. Canto advised a plan to save his esophagus through piecemeal resection and ablation.