What Is Esophageal Cancer Surgery?

Q:
What Is Esophageal Cancer Surgery?

A:
Your doctor will select suitable treatments for you considering:

  • the type of cells involved in your cancer,
  • the cancer’s stage,
  • your overall health
  • preferences for treatment

Surgery is the most common treatment for esophageal cancer. You can have only surgery to remove the cancer or combine with other treatments. According to your cancer’s stage, here are three operations you may receive:

  • Surgery to remove very small tumors.
    If your cancer is small and has not spread, your surgeon may recommend removing the cancer and margin of unhealthy tissue that surrounds it.
  • Surgery to remove a portion of the esophagus (esophagectomy).
    Your surgeon will remove the portion of your esophagus that contains the tumor, along with a portion of the upper part of your stomach, and nearby lymph nodes.
  • Surgery to remove part of your esophagus and the upper portion of your stomach (esophagogastrectomy).
    Your surgeon will remove part of your esophagus, nearby lymph nodes and a larger part of your stomach.

Esophageal cancer surgery carries a risk of serious complications:

  • infection
  • bleeding
  • leakage from the area where the remaining esophagus is reattached to the stomach.

 

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