Esophageal Cancer

You are at the center of everything we do at the Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Here, we surround you with a team of specialists who work together closely to provide expertly targeted, complete care and compassionate support throughout your treatment and beyond.

We guide you every step of the way, combining our deep clinical expertise in esophageal cancer with a commitment to meet your unique needs.

Why Choose Fred Hutch?

Experienced Esophageal Cancer Specialists

Fred Hutch patients receive state-of-the-art care from some of the world’s leading physician. In fact, our physicians help define the national standards for esophageal cancer care. UW Medicine Thoracic Surgery Clinic and Center for Esophageal & Gastric Surgery, where many of our patients have surgery, are among only a few sites in the U.S. that specialize in diagnosing and surgically treating thoracic and esophageal cancers.

Comprehensive Esophageal Cancer Treatment

Our physicians provide the full spectrum of treatments esophageal cancer may require. Based on the unique characteristics of your tumor, your team may recommend endoscopic mucosal resection, surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or radiation therapy, all available here.

Esophageal Cancer Clinical Trials

To give you access to the most innovative therapies, we unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in esophageal cancer clinical studies not available everywhere.

A National Leader in Cancer Care

Fred Hutch is the leading cancer treatment center in the region and among the top nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center

We are a comprehensive cancer center, a designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that reflects our scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of our research to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Learn About Esophageal Cancer

In the last decade, major strides have been made in the early diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer. Fred Hutch offers comprehensive treatment for this disease from a team of experts.

Facts & Resources

Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

Our experts offer comprehensive care for esophageal cancer, including advanced treatments and new options available only through clinical trials.


Esophageal Cancer Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.

Care Team

Why We Recommend Second Opinions

If you’ve been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated. 

Though you can benefit from a second opinion at any time, it is most valuable when you are first diagnosed and have the widest array of treatment options. 

Fred Hutch is home to the region’s only Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic, where our medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and supportive care professionals come together weekly to discuss and care for people with esophageal cancer as a team. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one physician but an entire group of specialists.

Based on your unique situation, we might schedule you with a single specialist who is best qualified to provide an opinion about your options — for example, if you have metastatic esophageal cancer. 

We invite you to talk with one of our esophageal cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community.

Call us at 855.557.0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.

How a Second Opinion Can Help

Getting a second opinion from physicians at Fred Hutch who specialize in esophageal cancer can help you

Feel Confident That Your Cancer Has Been Accurately Diagnosed and Staged

There are several types of esophageal cancer, and evaluating the stage of these tumors can be complex. Pathologists, radiologists and gastroenterologists from Fred Hutch are experts in diagnosing esophageal cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.

Consider State-of-the-Art Treatment Options

A second opinion may identify better, more advanced or more aggressive options, including minimally invasive surgeries, endoscopic therapies, clinical studies of new approaches to treatment and new chemotherapies, and advanced radiation technologies, such as proton therapy.

Understand the Benefits of Specialized, Multidisciplinary Care

The team of esophageal cancer specialists from Fred Hutch offers in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of treatments. We have first-hand knowledge of current research and a wealth of treatment experience.

Start with a Course of Therapy Tailored to You

We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment holistically.

Learn Whether Genetics Play a Role

Your genetic make-up may have played a role in the development of your cancer, and it might impact your treatment. Depending on our findings, you and your family may benefit from Fred Hutch’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program.

Latest Treatments and Clinical Trials

To give you access to the most innovative therapies, we unite the leading researchers and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch and UW Medicine so you can take part in esophageal cancer clinical trials not available everywhere.

Many patients at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center receive promising therapies by taking part in clinical trials. These research studies are done by physician-scientists from Fred Hutch and UW Medicine. They test new treatments or new ways to use current treatments.

Every advance in cancer treatment in recent years has come out of clinical trials. We offer more active clinical trials than anywhere else, which means more treatment options for patients like you.

For some people, taking part in a clinical study may be the best treatment choice. Access to clinical studies by researchers at Fred Hutch and UW Medicine is one reason many patients come to us for care. 

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