About Our Program

Patients with advanced or complex cancers often spend hours traveling back and forth to doctor appointments at different locations spread across multiple days. In an effort to ease this
burden for patients, UC Health offers a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with esophageal cancer and related esophageal diseases.

Although esophageal cancer is fairly rare, incident rates are rising. Treatment is often rigorous, involving complex surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, so a coordinated team approach to care is crucial in achieving positive patient outcomes. The experts of the UC Health Esophageal Disease center treat patients with the following diseases and conditions:

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Motility Disorders/Achalasia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Barrett’s esophagus

Comprehensive Care, Innovative Treatments

We are leading the way in uncovering new techniques and risk factors for various esophageal diseases, including esophageal cancer. Our team provides comprehensive care and a full range of services, including:

  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Contemporary radiation therapy
  • Non-surgical endoscopic treatment of precancerous lesions and early-stage esophageal cancer
  • Advanced diagnostic capabilities
  • Comprehensive CLIA laboratory
  • Clinical trials for esophageal cancer

Minimally-invasive Options for Esophageal Cancer

UC Health is the only team in the Greater Cincinnati region to offer minimally invasive esophagus cancer surgery (esophagectomy) for esophageal cancer. This is the primary type of surgery to treat cancer in the esophagus. For this procedure, the surgeon removes the following:

• The part of your esophagus that contains the cancer
• Lymph nodes that are near your esophagus

Our surgeons use laparoscopy and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) to perform the surgery. Both techniques require only a few small incisions in the abdomen and chest to insert the minimally invasive tools used to operate. The procedure is offered at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The UC Health Thoracic Surgery team treats about 300 patients with esophageal or lung cancer annually, with 75 percent of those currently performed using minimally invasive techniques such as VATS or laparoscopy.

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