There is hope, innovation and support available for those with esophageal cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Less-Invasive Surgery for Cancer of the EsophagusFor patients with esophageal cancer, transhiatal esophagectomy without thoracotomy (removing the esophagus without opening the chest) was pioneered and refined at the University of Michigan by Mark Orringer, M.D. More than 2,000 patients have undergone this operation at the University of Michigan in the past 30 years, giving U-M physicians the most experience with this procedure in the United States.
The operative mortality rate for this procedure at U-M is less than 3%, with an average hospital stay of only seven days. The Thoracic Oncology Program is also a leader in the development of combined modality therapy for esophageal cancer, a therapy in which patients are treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery in an attempt to improve their chances for survival.
Research and Innovation:The U-M Thoracic Oncology Program has a variety of clinical trials available, ranging from chemoprevention studies to the evaluation of state-of-the-art investigational therapies. The team's expertise with emerging technologies, including:
- stereotactic radiosurgery
- radiofrequnecy ablation
- photodynamic therapy
- esophageal and airway stenting
- ultrasound-guided transbronchial/transesophageal biopsy
- video-assisted thoracoscopy
Support:Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient/Family Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the For Cancer Center Patients area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.
Make an appointment/referral to the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancer ClinicTo make a first time appointment, please call the Patient Care Center at 800-865-1125 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm EST). If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555. For more information, visit our Appointments web page. Or, visit the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancer Clinic.
Still have questions?The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.