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Esophageal Cancer

Dr. Russell Hales is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer and esophageal cancer. Dr. Russell Hales is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment of lung cancer and esophageal cancer.

As part of a the multidisciplinary oncology team in the Esophageal Cancer Program, our team of radiation oncology specialists - including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists - creates individualized radiation therapy plans that address each patient's needs.

"Esophageal cancer is often not diagnosed until it is locally advanced , demanding immediate and expert treatment to give patients the best possible course of action and quality of life," says Russell Hales, MD, a radiation oncologist who specializes in treating esophageal cancers.

"We tailor each patient's radiation plan to their unique needs, while addressing the interplay between the tumor and normal tissue. The ability to effectively use advanced radiation technologies requires experience and a depth of understanding of the delicate balance between preserving normal tissue and tackling the tumor."

Treating esophageal cancer

For esophageal cancer patients with locally advanced disease, we typically recommend neoadjuvant therapy-chemotherapy and radiation treatment given at the same time, followed by surgery. This approach treats microscopic tumors that have developed beyond the original tumor site, which can stop further spread of the cancer. The recovery time is also shorter for patients when radiation and chemotherapy is done before surgery rather than after.

Esophageal cancers are often treated with external beam radiation including 3D conformal radiation therapy or intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

Esophageal cancer is an aggressive disease that requires quick action. At Hopkins, we have developed innovative clinical trials to investigate new therapies and biologic markers that predict treatment effectiveness.

The safety and well-being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Johns Hopkins. Our safety program complies with state and national protocols, and goes well beyond those protocols by integrating innovative safety techniques developed by experts on our staff.

To find out more about radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins, call 410-933-5420 or e-mail

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers more information on the Esophageal Cancer Program.

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