Esophageal Cancer

Providers with M Health Fairview Cancer Care treat more than 1,000 patients every year in our thoracic oncology program.
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Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. Esophageal cancer can develop in any part of the esophagus, spreading to your lymph nodes, and nearby organs.

Our Approach

Providers with M Health Fairview Cancer Care deliver leading-edge technology and compassionate care to treat the complex medical needs of patients with esophageal cancer. Therapies we offer include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and/or advanced surgical options like endoscopic mucosal resection, radiofrequency ablation, or photodynamic therapy and minimally invasive esophagectomy (or esophagus removal).

We treat more than 1,000 patients every year in our thoracic oncology program. Many of our physicians are also active in research, leading clinical studies on lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and thoracic cancer in collaboration with researchers at Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures


Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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Social Work Services for Cancer Patients

M Health Fairview offers Social Work Services for Cancer Patients, and we're committed to providing you with personalized, breakthrough care.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Radiation Therapy
  • Medical Management
  • Cryosurgery
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Laser Therapy