At the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, the state's only comprehensive cancer center, patients with cancer of the esophagus are seen in our multidisciplinary clinic by a team of healthcare providers who specialize in esophageal cancer. Our team includes thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.
The Carbone Cancer Center was one of the first facilities in the country to use PET scans for planning treatment for esophageal cancer. We are one of only seven centers in the United States performing minimally invasive surgery for the removal of the esophagus.
When surgery is not an option, our specialists offer a variety of other therapies to provide the best possible care to our patients.
Facts about Esophageal Cancer
- An estimated 17,000 new cases of esophageal cancers will be diagnosed in 2012, and 80 percent of those will be men.
- Esophageal cancer incidence rates have declined rapidly in African American men and women, remained unchanged in white women and increased slightly among white men.
- Alcohol combined with tobacco use increases the risk of cancer of the esophagus far more than either drinking or smoking alone.
- Those who are obese have a 16-fold increased risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma.