Upper gastrointestinal cancers include tumors of the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus is the muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach. Cancers can arise anywhere along this track and often cause trouble swallowing, weight loss, and pain. Staging of these tumors involves looking at how deep the tumor extends through the wall and the whether the cancer has spread to nearby areas. Treatment for both esophageal and stomach cancer often involves radiation, chemotherapy & surgery and it is important to have a team approach.
Radiation treatment for these cancers requires careful field design and attention to detail. SERO doctors are skilled in the use of conformal treatment planning which allow radiation to be delivered to the areas at high risk for cancer while shielding normal tissues such as the lungs, spinal cord, kidneys, and liver. In addition to radiation planning and delivery, many sites have access to nutrition support and other important services to help patients through treatment.
With 32 highly qualified, experienced, board-certified radiation oncologists in Charlotte, NC and surrounding locations, SERO physicians work closely with members of the medical team to design the best treatment plan for patients with cancers of the esophagus or stomach.