Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer occurs in the esophagus, the long tube that carries swallowed food from your throat to your stomach to be digested. Approximately 17,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

If you’ve been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you want the best team of experienced cancer specialists on your side, working with you.

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in North Texas – delivers an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating esophageal cancer.

Our compassionate clinicians have lots of experience caring for patients with esophageal cancer; it’s the second most common type of chest (thoracic) cancer our Chest Cancer specialists treat after lung cancer.

A Leader in Academic Medicine and Comprehensive Care

UT Southwestern’s team of esophageal cancer specialists has at its disposal the abundant resources of a renowned academic medical institution – from the newest therapies based on the most promising research discoveries to the expertise of colleagues in related disciplines.

Our team’s goal is to offer comprehensive, individualized treatment of esophageal cancer that meets every patient’s unique needs and goals. Our treatment program includes:

  • Recognized experts in esophageal cancer treatment and research
  • State-of-the-art technology for the delivery of the most current medical, radiation, and surgical therapies available
  • A support team of specially trained nurses, pain specialists, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and financial counselors – all dedicated to helping patients and families get answers to their questions, gain new coping strategies, and receive emotional and practical support
  • Convenience, with all specialists in one location for seamless care

Clinical Trials

Simmons Cancer Center’s active clinical trials program gives patients with esophageal cancer access to new therapies that are unavailable at most other health care centers. For example, a Phase 1 trial targeting the molecular pathways of advanced or refractory esophageal tumors is currently underway.

The opportunity to participate in clinical trials can be especially advantageous to esophageal cancer patients who have exhausted their other treatment options. Your esophageal cancer team can help you determine if you are eligible to participate in a clinical trial.

Meet Our Team

UT Southwestern specialized physicians use a variety of advanced modalities and therapies to diagnose and comprehensively treat patients with esophageal cancer. Our multidisciplinary team includes these skilled medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists:

See all of our esophageal cancer specialists.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with an esophageal cancer specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.