Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is a complicated disease and treating it requires the expertise of providers from many specialties and an all-inclusive plan that focuses on caring for the whole patient. The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins offers a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis and treatment, palliative care services to provide relief from symptoms and improve quality of life, and clinical trials that offer benefits to patients, as well as an opportunity to impact future treatments for esophageal cancer.

The multidisciplinary team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, pathologists, gastroenterologists, pharmacists, palliative care specialists, and clinical trial coordinators.

This team thoroughly reviews each case and provides a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Patients are invited to a full day of meetings with our specialists, where they learn about their diagnosis and treatment plan and have the opportunity to ask questions. Once a treatment plan is finalized, all services can be implemented through our institution.

We understand a diagnosis of cancer is overwhelming and we know an approach to addressing all of the challenges that surround esophageal cancer treatment is the most effective way to care for patients. Our goals are to provide a comprehensive evaluation and plan to treat the cancer while also helping patients tolerate these treatments and manage the stress that comes with navigating a serious illness so they can continue with their daily lives.

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Appointments and Referrals

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for
Esophageal Cancer Treatment

Our multidisciplinary clinic provides personalized treatment plans for each patient who has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, including patients who are seeking a second opinion.

More Treatment Options

We provide all treatment options for esophageal cancer, including innovative clinical trials.

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See Multiple Specialists in One Appointment

Meet with several experts in esophageal cancer within one visit.

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Accessible Care

Call 410-933-5420 to speak with an Intake Coordinator to find out more information, refer a patient or make an appointment.

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What to Expect at Your First Appointment

During their first visit, patients will meet with one of our medical oncologists to go through their health history. Diagnostic testing to confirm and stage each cancer will often also begin on the first day and could include an endoscopy with biopsy, an endoscopic ultrasonography, a PET scan, and/or a CT scan. Read more about diagnostic tests here. Along with offering comprehensive treatment plans to each patient, we also want to make you and your family as comfortable as possible throughout this process. Our main location at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus offers free coffee, lunch boxes, and snacks every day and several rooms that overlook a beautifully-maintained garden and gazebo. Palliative care services to help with symptom management and stress are available to every patient at any disease stage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 20,000 cases of esophageal cancer diagnosed in 2022. Men will represent about 16,000 of these cases, while women will represent 4,000 of them. Esophageal cancer accounts for about 1 percent of the cancer diagnoses in the United States. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about esophageal cancer.