Esophageal Cancer

Baptist Cancer Center offers a multidisciplinary program for patients diagnosed with a gastrointestinal cancer like esophageal cancer. Involving surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists and other specialists who treat this type of cancer, the MultiD clinic allows patients a "one-stop" experience for treatment. Baptist Cancer Center patients are tested, see specialists, and receive treatment plans within one to two days.

The gastrointestinal multidisciplinary program at Baptist Cancer Center is led by Dr. Stephen Behrman, a gastrointestinal surgeon.

What is esophageal cancer?

Esophageal cancer occurs in the esophagus, the hollow tube that connects the throat and stomach. Part of the larger class of gastrointestinal cancers which means any cancer involving the digestive system, esophageal cancer generally includes two different types:

  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal cancer?

Unfortunately, pronounced symptoms appear as the disease progresses. Some general symptoms of gastrointestinal cancers can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Blood in your stool
  • Noticeable increase in fatigue and/or weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Other types of gastrointestinal cancers can include gastric, pancreatic, bile duct, liver, and colorectal.