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While esophageal and gastric cancers have been historically difficult, treatment options and outcomes are better now than ever. At Ochsner, we have cutting-edge care, expertise and experience on our side – not to mention both the compassion and passion you’re looking for.

Ochsner’s award-winning surgeons perform more esophagectomies than anyone else in Louisiana – hands down. And robotic minimally invasive surgical resection is available to 90% of our patients. What’s more, Ochsner surgeons implement the newest approaches to esophageal preservation. We focus on maximizing long-term outcomes while optimizing your functional and digestive recovery.

We don’t just talk about the multi-disciplinary approach, we live it. At Ochsner, you’ll have a dedicated nurse navigator and a dedicated team of experts beside you every step of the way. Learn more about our team approach.

There are two main types of esophageal cancer. Each was named for the type of cells that become malignant.

  • Squamous cell carcinoma – This cancer forms in the flat, thin cells lining the surface of the esophagus. It is most often found in the upper and middle part of the esophagus.
  • Adenocarcinoma – This type of cancer begins in the mucus-secreting glands in the esophagus. Typically, they form in the lower part of the esophagus, near the stomach.

Our expert team of general surgeons leads the Gulf Coast in the surgical treatment of esophageal cancer and stricture. We take special measures to ensure the comfort and education of our patients and their family members - knowing they all play an important role in the recovery process. Ochsner is a national leader in minimizing complications and carrying out successful multimodality treatment. The medical staff is also experienced in the evaluation of high-risk Barrett's syndrome and laparoscopic-assisted, minimally-invasive esophagectomy.

Esophageal cancer surgeries available at Ochsner include:

  • Open esophagectomy
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection

Patients may stay at Ochsner’s Brent House Hotel, a full-service hotel with guest rooms and suites adjacent to Ochsner Medical Center. Call toll free 1-800-535-3986 or go to brenthouse.com for more information.

Patients and a caregiver may also stay at the American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge. This program helps patients cope with the cancer treatment process and provides a supportive environment for patients. Ochsner can help coordinate housing arrangements if needed and additional information is available by calling 504-219-2200.

Qualified patients and family members can obtain free lodging at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

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Esophageal Cancer Locations

St. Tammany Cancer Center - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
900 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon – Fri: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ochsner Cancer Center - Baton Rouge
17050 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center
1516 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
Ochsner Health Center - Kenner
200 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
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