Unique Patient Benefits
Each patient at the Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Treatment Center is evaluated at a multidisciplinary conference where an individualized treatment plan is developed with the input of the entire esophagogastric tumor team. This team of esophageal cancer surgeons, upper GI medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, and radiologists. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that all possible treatment strategies are discussed, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The team also discusses clinical trial opportunities for patients who are interested in this option.
Multidisciplinary care continues throughout the treatment process. Anesthesia, nursing, and psychology staff are trained specifically to care for patients with esophagogastric cancers and to help ensure that treatments, such as surgical resection, are done in the safest possible manner.
Same or next-day appointments are available. The physician support staff will coordinate with referring physicians to obtain a timely consultation and ensure all necessary studies are scheduled. Collaboration with referring physicians is a priority at the Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Treatment Center.
Dedicated nurse navigators are available to help patients through the sometimes complex treatment process. Nurse navigator assistance begins with clinic access and continues through the entire course of therapy. For surgical patients, this assistance includes coordinating home care after hospital discharge and a routine postdischarge phone call to check in, to make sure everything is going OK at home, and to schedule the follow-up appointment. Extensive patient and family education is vital to successful treatment, and the nurse navigators are intimately involved with the patient education process.
Qualified patients and family members can obtain free lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Many of our patients travel many miles to obtain treatment at our Esophageal and Gastric Cancer Treatment Center, making the Hope Lodge an incredibly valuable resource.
Call 504-842-4070 for more information or to make an appointment.