Esophageal Cancer Treatment in Houston: An Overview

Esophageal cancer treatment in Houston offers a number of treatment options that can serve as your best defense in combating your diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, the next step is to begin your treatment plan. The following treatments are the most common course of action for fighting esophageal cancer.

Surgery:
There are different surgeries utilized for treating esophageal cancer, but they all primarily aim to remove the cancer. An esophagectomy is performed in order to remove a large portion of the esophagus, as well as part of the top of the stomach. Endoscopic surgery involves a scope being inserted into the esophagus, so that surgery can be performed locally through the scope. Endoscopic surgery is only affective if the cancer affects only the mucosa of the esophagus.

Radiation:
With radiation, radioactive material is targeted at the cancerous cells via an external machine or through small tubes inserted into the esophagus. Radiation might be used alone, or in conjunction with surgery and chemotherapy. The benefit of radiation over surgery is that it is non-invasive and less traumatic for patients.

Chemotherapy:
Chemotherapy is a medication that can be administered either orally or intravenously, which is designed to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy can also be used with radiation or surgery, or it can be administered alone to help alleviate the symptoms of esophageal cancer. The major drawback of chemotherapy is dealing with the negative side-effects inherent with any chemotherapy treatment.

Photodynamic Therapy:
Photodynamic Therapy (also known as PDT) involves the injection of a light-sensitive drug and laser that help kill cancer cells.

Additional Treatment Options:

  • Electrocoagulation: Uses electrical currents to help destroy esophageal cancer cells.
  • Immunotherapy: Fights cancer by boosting the patient’s immune system.
  • Gene Therapy: Currently being researched to treat unhealthy DNA that causes cancer.

Surgery is typically used as the first and most effective defense in fighting esophageal cancer. Stage II and stage III esophageal cancer might require radiation, chemotherapy, and additional treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation treatment are also useful for patients who are unable to undergo surgery because of additional health concerns.

For patients with stage IV esophageal cancer, the major focus is on palliative care which aims to alleviate pain and maximize comfort. Only your trained physician can design a treatment plan that best addresses your particular condition, but it’s a good idea to increase your knowledge base before beginning treatment.

If you suspect that you might have esophageal cancer, chronic acid reflux, or GERD, please contact Bay Area Gastroenterology Clinic at 281-480-6264 to schedule an appointment.


For more information, please contact:
Bay Area Gastroenterology P. A.
(281) 480-6264
http://www.gibay.com

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Locations

Medical Center
1015 Medical Center
Boulevard
Suite 1700
Webster, Texas 77598
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046
Methodist St. John
2060 Space Park Drive
Suite 200
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-339-7623
Memorial Southeast
11920 Astoria Boulevard
Suite 410
Houston, TX 77089
p: 281-484-6264
f: 281-484-0740
Pearland Office
10905 Memorial Herman Drive
Suite 211
Pearland, Texas 77548
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046

Physicians

Ravi S. Mani, M.D., F.A.C.G.
Nikhil Inamdar, M.D., A.G.A.F.
Syed F. Jafri, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Manish Rungta, M.D.
Sezen Altug, M.D., FAGA
Naveen Surapaneni, M.D., M.P.H.
Gabriel Lee, MD
Neha Mathur, MD
Sudhanshu Gogia, MD

Our Board Certified Physicians specialize in the
diagnosis and treatment of ailments of the stomach,
intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

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Emergencies

Gastroenterology Emergencies:
If you have a gastroenterology problem of an urgent nature or an emergency, please contact the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service at 281-480-6264 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

If there is no response for any reason after you call the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Weekend Coverage
Call the answering service for emergencies. This will be answered by the doctor on call. If there is no response for any reason after you call the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Texas Communities served by
Bay Area Gastroenterology

Alvin, Bacliff, Bay Area, Channelview, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galena Park, Galveston, Houston, Kemah, La Marque, La Porte, League City, Manuel, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South East Houston, South Shore, Texas City, Webster.