Esophageal cancer care at Mayo Clinic

A tough diagnosis to swallow.

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Mayo Clinic doctors from a wide array of specialties work as a team to provide the most appropriate care for people with esophageal cancer.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, experts in several specialties form a multidisciplinary team to care for people with esophageal cancer. Working as a team, doctors are able to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plans that are tailored to your needs.

Your care team may include gastroenterologists, surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, dietitians and others as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic offers access to the latest esophageal cancer treatments. Mayo Clinic experts are highly experienced in using endoscopic techniques to treat early esophageal cancer and esophageal lesions.

Therapies may include endoscopic mucosal resection, radiofrequency ablation or photodynamic therapy. These treatments cause minimal esophageal trauma, have a low risk of complications and preserve the esophagus.

Mayo Clinic surgeons also are skilled in advanced surgical techniques, including supercharged jejunal interposition.

A full range of treatment options to consider

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals.

The range of treatments offered to people with esophageal cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, proton beam therapy, and minimally invasive and traditional operations, such as esophagectomy.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

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Mayo Clinic is a leader in translating knowledge gained from research into better patient care. At Mayo Clinic you can expect:

  • Experience. Esophageal cancer treatment can be extremely complex. Mayo Clinic doctors have experience treating this disease. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 1,100 people with esophageal cancer.
  • The latest techniques and technologies. Mayo Clinic is dedicated to developing cutting-edge diagnostic tests and innovative treatments for patients with esophageal cancer.
  • Nationally recognized expertise. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets the strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognize scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Oct. 13, 2020