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Esophageal Cancer

Cancer of the esophagus is an aggressive cancer that may be associated with difficulty eating, swallowing, and pain. It requires a coordinated treatment plan that includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. It is very important that the proper lymph node surgery be combined with the surgery, and that proper timing of the radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery be done by doctors that frequently treat esophageal cancer.

Physicians who treat esophageal cancer:

Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Monday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- 1st and 3rd Monday afternoons
Norton Medical Plaza, Old Brownsboro Crossing -- 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons
Clinic Contact: Traci Hayat 583-8303

Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.

Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Friday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- Tuesday mornings
Clinic Contact: Pam Boone 583-8303

Prejesh Philips, M.D.

Prejesh Philips, M.D.

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Monday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- 1st and 3rd Monday afternoons
Norton Medical Plaza, Old Brownsboro Crossing -- 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons
Clinic Contact: Traci Hayat 583-8303


Special therapies for esophageal cancer offered by the Division of Surgical Oncology:

  • Esophagogastrectomy (removal of the end of the esophagus and the first part of the stomach)
  • Extended lymph node dissection
  • Preoperative (before surgery) chemotherapy and radiation
  • Laparoscopic Esophageal and Gastric Resections Endoscopic Management of Barrett's Esophagus Endoscopic Management of Benign and Malignant Strictures

Research protocols currently open for esophageal cancer:

  • Outcomes in surgical oncology
  • Cell-saver autotransfusion in surgical oncology
  • Biobanking of tumor tissue for molecular research