​Esophageal Cancer Surgery

Diagnosis & Treatment

When esophageal cancer is contained in the esophagus, laparoscopic esophagectomy is the treatment of choice.

Diagnosis Using Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

Surgeons can combine endoscopy and ultrasound imaging technology to obtain high-quality images of the digestive tract and its adjacent structures. EUS is primarily used to detect suspected cancers and provide a more efficient staging of cancers than possible with other technology.

Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration

This procedure gathers cells for analysis to detect abnormalities such as cancer. Under EUS guidance, a thin needle is advanced into organs or structures and the aspirate is studied. It requires the talents of a well-trained and highly skilled gastroenterologist. Sacred Heart has the only physician in the region that performs this advanced technique.

Surgical Procedures

When esophageal cancer is contained in the esophagus and has not spread, surgery is the treatment of choice. The goal of surgery is to remove the cancer.


An esophagectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of or the entire esophagus, the tube that moves food from the throat to the stomach. After it is removed, the esophagus is rebuilt from part of the stomach or large intestine.


Laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique, is one way to do this surgery. A laparoscope is a tiny camera that is inserted into your belly through a small surgical cut.

Patients generally benefit from:

  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller incision
  • Potentially faster postoperative recovery
Surgeons collaborate with the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, Oregon Imaging Centers, and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for all types of cancer.