Esophageal Cancer - NorthStarr Cardiothoracic Surgery

Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer occurs when cancer cells develop in the esophagus which is the long, tube like structure that carries food and drink from your mouth to your stomach. The most common types of esophageal cancer are Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Adenocarcinoma. Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer include difficulty swallowing, unintentional weight loss, chest pain, pressure or burning sensation, indigestion, coughing or hoarseness. Some risk factors include smoking, having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), obesity, and drinking alcohol. Treatment depends on the stage of your cancer. You may require surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this procedure typically take? 
Typically around 3-4 hours

How long will I be in the hospital?
Usually around 7 days

When will I return to work?
4-6 weeks, depending on the type of work you do

Will I need to follow up?
You will follow up with us after surgery either in our office or via video teleconference 1-2 weeks after leaving the hospital. You will also need follow up with your oncologist and PCP.

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