Treating Esophageal Cancer

At Scott & White, You're Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart

As an esophageal cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you'll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.

Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of esophageal cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This collaborative treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.

Treating esophageal cancer requires the expertise and skill of many specialists and subspecialists. As a Scott & White patient, you'll benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with outstanding, personalized care at all stages of your cancer treatment.

The best part for a patient who comes here — and I've heard this from many patients over and over — is that we work as a team. All patients get comprehensive care from each discipline — surgical oncology, medical oncology, gastroenterology, radiation oncology — that’s coordinated for the patient’s benefit.

Nitika Thawani, MD, Radiation Oncology

The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:

Our physicians are specially trained in the clinical care of esophageal tumors. Our thoracic surgeons are leading experts in staging and treating esophageal cancer, receiving advanced training in the interplay of your digestive and pulmonary systems. They have the necessary experience to manage the clinical care of your esophageal cancer.

At Scott & White, you’ll receive the most advanced therapy options available. Our oncologists receive regular additional training in the most current treatments in surgical, radiation and chemotherapies. The advanced care you receive at Scott & White is among the best in the nation.

Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You

Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That's why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.

We assess all patients with a surgical opinion, a medical oncology opinion and a radiation oncology opinion. As a patient, we'll present you with the best treatment options for your stage of cancer so you can decide what's right for you.

Subhakar Mutyala, MD, Radiation Oncologist

Your Integrated Care Team will meet to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you'd like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.

Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.

Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.

Following active treatment, the cancer team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.

Your Treatment Options

Here are the treatment options we offer for esophageal cancer. You may need more than one treatment to manage your cancer of the esophagus.

Factors That Impact Your Treatment Options

Treatment options for esophageal cancer generally depend on these factors:

  • Size and location of tumor
  • Type of esophageal cancer
  • Whether your cancer has spread
  • Your overall health status
  • Your personal preference

When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions, a lot of unanswered questions at that point, and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.

—Christal Murray, MD, Hematology/Oncology–Round Rock

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