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Esophageal Cancer Care

Esophageal cancer is rare. Each year, doctors diagnose about 17,990 new esophageal cancer cases in the United States.

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we have extensive experience in the care of people with esophageal cancer.

Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in:

We work together to individually tailor a treatment plan for your type and stage of esophageal cancer. And, we work with your referring doctor to ensure a complete team approach to your care.

What Is Esophageal Cancer?

Cancer is the result of abnormal and unchecked cell growth.

In esophageal cancer, tissues in the esophagus — the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach — begin to change and grow abnormally.

Esophageal cancer shares many traits in common with lung cancer.

Types of esophageal cancer are:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma is cancer that begins in flat cells that line the esophagus.
  • Adenocarcinoma is cancer that begins in the cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.

Why Choose UPMC for Esophageal Cancer Care?

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's extensive resources and expertise allow us to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based care.

We are the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania.

This means you have access to the latest esophageal cancer treatments through clinical trials. Many of these treatments may not be available elsewhere.

To learn more about esophageal cancer care at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, call us at 412-647-2811. Or, complete an esophageal cancer contact form.

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Esophageal Cancer Screenings and Exams

You should think about screening if you're a smoker or have a family history of esophageal cancer.

Learn more about esophageal cancer screenings.
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Esophageal Cancer Treatment Program

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's multidisciplinary approach to treating esophageal cancer means we can provide a complete continuum of care.

Learn more about our treatment program.
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Treatments for Esophageal Cancer

There are many treatment options for esophageal cancer including medical oncology, radiation, and surgery.

Learn about esophageal cancer treatment options.