Treatment for esophageal cancer with minimally invasive laparoscopic esophagectomy at Methodist Dallas
Esophageal cancer develops in the esophagus, the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. The esophagus, located just behind the trachea, is about 10 to 13 inches in length and allows food to enter the stomach for digestion. The wall of the esophagus is made up of several layers and cancers generally start from the inner layer and grow out.
Shorter recovery and better outcomes with minimally invasive laparoscopic esophagectomy
Methodist Dallas Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the Dallas – Fort Worth area in which independently practicing physicians on the medical staff can perform laparoscopic esophagectomies to treat patients with esophageal cancer.
Advantages of minimally invasive esophagectomy can include:
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Faster recovery
- Smaller incisions with less scarring
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
A 360 degree approach to esophageal cancer care
The multidisciplinary esophageal cancer team at Methodist Dallas includes nationally recognized specialists in gastroenterology, oncology, and surgery as well as pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.
Compassionate nursing support, an oncology coordinator who helps patients navigate their cancer treatment journey, and nutrition support are also vital elements in a patient's care for esophageal cancer.
Buddy up for more support
Methodist also encourages patient involvement in the "Buddy Network" which connects new esophageal cancer patients with patients who have already been through cancer treatment for telephone and e-mail support and conversations.
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.