Esophageal Cancer

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The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) Esophageal Cancer Program began a resurgence when surgeons Ralph Aye, M.D., and Brian Louie, M.D., teamed up to strengthen the program.  The result is a dynamic, multidisciplinary program involving community-based gastroenterologists and oncologists paired with Swedish-based surgeons, gastroenterologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists.


The National Cancer Institute estimates that over 15,000 new esophageal cancers will be diagnosed in the United States in the year 2007. This represents one percent of all cancers and nearly 10 percent of gastrointestinal cancers. Learn more about esophageal cancer, including information regarding diagnosis and staging and staging as well as various types of treatment.

Treatments and Procedures

A number of treatment options are aimed at eliminating the disease to reach a state of complete remission. Swedish offers a full range of state-of-the-art treatments including:

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Research and Clinical Trials

If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.

At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers.  Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including  Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Education and Support for Patients and Families

Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:

Complementary therapies include:

See Patient Support and Resources and Services for the Body, Mind and Spirit at Swedish.

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