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Esophageal Cancer

People diagnosed with GERD and Barrett’s esophagus, and even chronic heartburn sufferers, are at risk of developing esophageal cancer. Cancerous cells in the esophagus usually do not cause symptoms until an advanced stage. This means few cases are diagnosed in the very early stages.

It is extremely deadly due to its generally late-stage diagnosis. However, routine screenings of the entire esophagus can help catch and treat esophageal cancer early. Today’s technology and awareness campaigns can change that and help produce better patient outcomes.

The Most Common Esophageal Cancers

  • Esophageal cancer, or adenocarcinoma, is mostly found near the stomach. It generally begins in the inner layers of tissue and muscle in the lower esophagus, growing outward. This is the most common type of esophageal cancer.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma grow can grow anywhere in the esophagus. It occurs in the top layer of cells that line the esophagus.

The Thoracic Surgery Program has esophageal cancer therapies that can reduce patient risks, pain and recovery time. Using minimally invasive and advanced robotic-assisted procedures, we can offer the most advanced surgical treatments. And as research creates new procedures, AdventHealth Celebration will continue to offer you the best treatment options available. 

Treating Esophageal Cancer

Robotic-assisted Esophageal Surgery
Surgery will most likely be recommended if esophageal cancer is detected. Depending on the stage of the disease and general health of the patient, robotic-assisted esophageal surgery can usually be performed. It will be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treating your cancer.

However, it also can be done as a preventive treatment. AdventHealth Celebration is one of few hospitals in the country to perform robotic-assisted gastroesophageal valvuloplasty for GERD. This can significantly reduce your risk for esophageal cancer.

Dr. Gharagozloo is the medical director of the Thoracic Surgery Program at AdventHealth Celebration. He is one of the world’s leading surgeons of the technique. He has been recognized for his innovative surgical approach and the better outcomes he continues to achieve for his patients. 

To learn more or to schedule a consultation with our Oncology and Thoracic Surgery Program clinical care coordinator, call (407) 303-4877.