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 endoscopic ultrasound.
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 cancer care.
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!
Hoag 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, call us at: 888-566-9712.