Esophageal Cancer Treatment and Surgery

Our surgeons work closely with our colleagues in the Gastroenterology Department to provide the best care for patients with esophageal cancers.

The first step in treatment of esophageal cancer is a careful assessment of the tumor stage. We employ a range of diagnostics including PET scans, endoscopic ultrasound, and lymph node sampling to correctly determine the cancer stage. We then collaborate with experts in Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology to create the best treatment plan for each patient. Depending on the type and stage of cancer, options may include surgery alone, or in combination with other treatment modalities.

Types of surgical procedures for patients with esophageal cancer include:

  • Total gastrectomy with esophagojejunostomy: For esophageal tumors that are actually extensions of gastric cancer, surgeons perform a resection of the stomach together with the involved esophagus. The surgeons then recreate the connection to the small bowel to allow normal food intake.

  • Ivor Lewis esophagectomy: This procedure combines an abdominal approach as well as a thoracic approach to remove tumors that are located in the mid-esophagus.

  • Laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy: This procedure uses minimally invasive techniques to resect the esophagus, and an incision in the neck is made to recreate the connection to the stomach.


Contact Us

Mount Sinai Surgical Associates
Division of Surgical Oncology
1470 Madison Ave, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-2891