Expert Diagnosis is Key!
Comprehensive evaluation with accurate diagnosis is the foundation for
achieving highly successful outcomes. That’s why it’s important
to seek care from a center that provides academic level care from a multidisciplinary,
specialized team of gastroesophageal experts experienced in the accurate
diagnosis and staging of esophageal cancer, as well as other complex gastroesophageal diseases.
Beginning with a thorough evaluation that includes a comprehensive physical
exam, personal medical history review and state-of-the-art diagnostic workup,
Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship trained gastrointestinal experts carefully
evaluate and pinpoint the nature of the cancer, so the most appropriate
personalized treatment options can be employed.
Hoag’s state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies provide our team
with the latest modalities in the accurate diagnosis of esophageal cancer
and other disorders. Some of the progressive imaging studies that may
be utilized include:
Barium swallow X-ray is an imaging study in which a liquid is swallowed that coats the lining
of the esophagus. This makes the esophagus stand out on the X-ray so that
physicians can identify certain problems, including cancers of the esophagus.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a physician to look inside
the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (part of the small intestine). During
an upper endoscopy, a thin, lighted tube called an endoscope is carefully
guided down the esophagus. The endoscope transmits a high definition image
to a monitor, so the physician can view the lining of these organs. Many
times, a sample of tissue is obtained during this procedure for biopsy.
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) combines endoscopy and ultrasound in order to obtain images of the digestive
tract and the surrounding tissue and organs. Often, EUS is used to obtain
tissue samples used in biopsy and for staging cancers.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is used to identify malignant cells even before an actual lesion (lump)
can be detected in a physical exam, or on a CT or MRI scan.
Computed Tomography (CT) utilizes state-of-the-art x-rays to help determine the extent of the cancer
and whether it encompasses the surrounding organs.
Biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue for testing. This procedure is performed
to definitively diagnose esophageal cancer, and usually takes place via
It’s important to note that proper diagnosis and staging of esophageal
cancer is critical to developing a successful treatment plan. That’s
why it’s so important to seek proper evaluation and treatment from
a healthcare expert experienced in the most advanced gastroesophageal
Innovative Treatment for Esophogeal Cancer
When it comes to esophageal cancer and other gastrointestinal diseases,
Hoag-USC Surgical Center for Digestive Diseases provides a full array of
progressive treatment options. As a recognized leader and high-volume provider of innovative gastroesophageal
care, Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of digestive disease experts
performs some of the most advanced gastroesophageal procedures available
in the nation with clinical outcomes that rival national figures.
Expert Care You Can Trust!
The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive
Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex gastroesophageal care, providing access
to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively with
Hoag-affiliated thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists and medical oncology
specialists to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s committed to
accurate diagnosis, combined with
progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes
in the nation.
To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion
consultation with a Hoag gastroesophageal expert, visit
Meet the Team, or call us at: 888-566-9712.