The Esophageal Cancer Program at the Cancer Institute at North Shore-LIJ provides a dedicated multi-specialty team of thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide therapy designed to maximize cure rates, minimize toxicity and speed recovery.
The specialists on the team communicate with each other and with each patient to choose the best possible evidence-based treatment plan. Treatment options are discussed in detail with each patient, and the advantages and disadvantages of primary surgical or radiation treatment modalities are explained clearly. Surgical expertise is provided by highly experienced, board-certified surgeons, and radiation oncologists utilize state-of-the-art equipment and techniques such as IMRT and respiratory cycle-gating to deliver curative radiation to the tumor while sparing surrounding normal tissue. Since nutrition is a key aspect of the overall treatment and recovery plan, nutritionists and gastroenterologists work with each patient to assure that specific nutritional needs and goals are met during therapy and recovery. The program provides each patient full access to a variety of crucial National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials that are designed to further improve the ability to prevent, detect and treat esophageal cancer.