Norton Cancer Institute, the leading provider of cancer care in Louisville and Southern Indiana, offers same-day appointments for newly diagnosed esophageal cancer patients.
At Norton Cancer Institute, you’ll have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, thoracic surgeons and others to provide comprehensive care. Our physicians are board-certified and fellowship-trained leaders in their field. They’re at the forefront of developing innovative approaches to getting patients back to living their lives.
Esophageal Cancer Care Customized for You
The specialists at Norton Cancer Institute use the latest equipment and procedures to make a precise diagnosis of your cancer. Our multidisciplinary approach with multiple specialists in one setting means we offer a full range of esophageal cancer treatments.
If radiation therapy is called for, we map the exact shape and location of your tumor, then direct cancer-killing radiation at just the tumor, minimizing the impact on healthy tissue and reducing side effects. Chemotherapy and surgery are also possible treatments.
Our advanced testing options will help your specialist determine a care plan that’s tailored for you based on the stage of your cancer and your treatment goals. Your comprehensive care team of physicians and other health care providers meets regularly to review your case and plan the next steps.
In addition to our current leading-edge treatments, we offer our patients the opportunity to participate in innovative National Cancer Institute- and industry-sponsored clinical research studies. These trials help to improve current cancer treatments, in addition to finding new and promising solutions.
Esophageal Cancer Risk Factors
Esophageal cancer can develop anywhere along the tube that runs from the back of your throat to your stomach. When cancer develops in the esophagus, it usually starts in cells lining the inside of the esophagus.
Barrett’s esophagus occurs when acid irritation causes new, abnormal cells to grow in the lining of the esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus can lead to esophageal cancer in a small number of patients.
Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), smoking, obesity, bile reflux and alcohol consumption are among the risk factors for esophageal cancer.