Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal Cancer

Temple Univeristy Hospital has received national recognition for its expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer and its related conditions, such as Barrett's esophagus. Our methods for managing these diverse forms of cancer and precancerous conditions are constantly evolving. Temple's faculty draws from the entire emerging toolkit, including the latest and most technically complex procedures, to custom-fit therapy for each patient's specific needs.

We are experienced with advanced laparoscopic techniques. When patients come to us with more advanced esophageal cancers, our team of specialists will design an aggressive approach that might include a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Maintaining patient quality of life during such treatment is always of paramount concern.

Robotic Surgery for Esophageal Cancer

Abbas Abbas, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Temple University Hospital, explains the potential benefits of robotic surgery for patients with esophageal cancer:

Temple Esophageal Cancer Team

Oncologic Surgery
John Daly, MD, FACS

Thoracic Surgery
Abbas E. Abbas, MD, MS

Case Study from the Temple Digestive Disease Center

A Less Invasive Option for Treating Esophageal Cancer

Robert K., 72, after complaining of rapid weight loss and blood in his stool, underwent a colonoscopy and endoscopy, which found he had a hernia and Barrett's esophagus. A biopsy of his esophagus found cancerous cells. His gastroenterologist referred him to the Temple Digestive Disease Center. Based on previous experiences and despite encouragement to meet with Temple's surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, Robert ruled out surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. He requested the endoscopic approach.

Temple gastroenterologists performed endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) to removed nodules within the Barrett's region, as well as radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to remove the Barrett's metaplasia. After several treatments, Robert had a normal-appearing esophagus without any nodules or areas of concern for Barrett's. Biopsies confirmed the absence of any form of cancer. Robert continues to be monitored with surveillance endoscopy.