What kinds of doctors treat esophageal cancer?
Esophageal cancer is a condition that requires surgical procedures. In addition to the general surgeon, there are many other types of physicians who may contribute to care.
- Gastroenterologists may be involved in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring the disease.
- Oncologists make treatment plans that include chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
- Radiation is administered by a radiation oncologist.
- Surgeons are responsible for operating and removing organs that are involved by tumor. General surgeons and thoracic surgeons are commonly responsible for the operation. Other types of surgeons may provide care depending upon what other organs are affected by the cancer.
- The primary-care provider may help care for side effects.
- Dieticians are important to help maintain nutrition to aid healing and prevent complications when food cannot be easily swallowed, both before and after surgery.
Should the cancer become untreatable or symptom control be needed, palliative care specialists may be involved to help improve quality of life.