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Oesophageal Cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the Oesophagus. Surgery is an integral part of the treatment of esophageal cancer. Surgery to remove some or most of the esophagus is called an esophagectomy. Removal of the esophagus (esophagectomy) may be utilized to prevent esophageal cancer from occurring in high-risk individuals with Barrett’s esophagus, as primary treatment for early stage cancer.
Surgery to remove some or most of the esophagus is called an esophagectomy. Often a small part of the stomach is removed as well. The upper part of the esophagus is then connected to the remaining part of the stomach. Part of the stomach is pulled up into the chest or neck to become the new esophagus.