Esophagectomy (surgical removal of part or all of the esophagus) is a treatment for some patients with esophageal cancer. Some patients have this procedure done through minimally invasive means, using a scope and other slender tools inserted through small incisions. Others have it through the traditional “open” surgical method, which employs larger incisions to remove cancerous tissue.
The purpose of this study is to compare quality of life after each of these types of surgery. Patients will complete questionnaires before and for up to two years after surgery. The surveys will include questions about quality of life measures such as pain management and other symptoms and their ability to participate in physical activities.