Overview of cancer treatments Surgical treatment
Ivor Lewis or McKeown approach. A laparoscope will
be inserted through a small cut into your abdomen.
Through this cut, work on your stomach can be done.
A thoracoscope, which is much like a laparoscope, will
also be inserted into a small cut made between your
ribs. This cut allows work to be done in the chest.
After the cancer is removed, your stomach will need
to be attached to your remaining esophagus.
. It may be directly attached or a piece
of your intestine may be used to connect the two
organs. As you heal from surgery, you will receive
food from a J-tube that is inserted through your side
and into your intestine.
Side effects of surgery
Surgery causes pain, swelling, and scars. Pain and
swelling often fade away in the weeks following
surgery. As with any surgery, there is a chance of
infection, heart attack, or a blood clot. Importantly, an
infection of the lungs (pneumonia) can occur. Your
surgical team will design care to prevent it.
Less often, food may leak from the esophagus into
the chest and cause pain. Food may not quickly pass
through the stomach and cause nausea and vomiting.
Your esophagus may become narrow after surgery
and cause problems with swallowing.
Not all side effects of surgery are listed here. Please
ask your treatment team for a complete list of
common and rare side effects. If a side effect bothers
you, tell your treatment team. There may be ways to
help you feel better.
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Esophageal Cancer, Version 1.2016
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Before and after
Surgery removes any of your
esophagus that has cancer and
then attaches your stomach to
your remaining esophagus.
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