Esophageal Cancer

Pictured: David Ilson Memorial Sloan Kettering’s multidisciplinary team collaborates on each patient’s treatment from the very beginning. Medical oncologist David Ilson discusses a case.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is home to more than 30 doctors and nurses who specialize exclusively in caring for people with esophageal cancer.  With specialists drawn from such areas as surgical oncology, gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation therapy, interventional radiology, and nursing, we can provide therapies for people at any stage of disease—from precancerous lesions to metastatic cancer.We also offer opportunities for many patients to participate in clinical trials evaluating innovative therapies.

Our thoracic surgeons perform more than 120 operations for esophageal cancer each year, among the most in the country. We are experts in minimally invasive surgical procedures that can limit injury to the ribs and muscles in the chest, and have extensive experience in using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic surgery.