Esophageal Cancer Surgery in Port Jefferson
It can be easy to forget the importance of the esophagus in everyday life. This muscular tube is not only responsible for helping us to process our food but is essential in completing simple functions like swallowing.
The formation of a cancerous tumor within the esophagus can cause a range of problematic symptoms. Fortunately, Dr. Gergory Brevetti has many years of experience in effectively treating many of these symptoms as well as esophageal cancer.
Meet Dr. Brevetti
Dr. Gregory Brevetti has been board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery since 2001. With over 20 years of experience in thoracic surgery, patients throughout Long Island seek out Dr. Brevetti when they’re in need of esophageal cancer surgery. If you’ve been diagnosed with esophageal cancer and require surgery, contact our office today to schedule an appointment in Port Jefferson. Give us a call at (631) 353-0909 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What Causes Esophageal Cancer?
Like most cancers, esophageal cancer is caused by mutated cell growth. These cells may begin in one area of the body, but also have the possibility of spreading to other regions, which is called metastasization.
Who Is at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?
Esophageal cancer is considerably prevalent worldwide, though certain geographic locations show a higher case rate than others. This form of cancer is often seen in both Asia and Africa but is less common within the United States. Of course, anyone in the world still has the potential to develop esophageal cancer during their lifetime.
What Increases Your Risk?
There is no way to guarantee whether or not a particular person will encounter cancer of the esophagus, though a majority of patients with this condition possess one or more of the following attributes or lifestyle habits:
- A history of using, or current use of tobacco products
- A prior diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Are 55 years of age or older
- Have family members who developed esophageal cancer
- Regular consumption of alcohol
- A lack of sufficient fruits and vegetables in their diet
- Are obese
- Precancerous cells of the esophagus (Barrett’s esophagus)
- Received radiation treatment to the chest
- An existing case of HPV
- Are male
- Have celiac disease
- Dysfunction of the esophageal sphincter (achalasia)
Obviously, not all of these influential factors are within a patient’s control. While you may not be able to do anything about your age or genetic makeup, there are certainly other ways to lower your risk for esophageal cancer.
What Are the Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer?
Being aware of your potential risk for cancer of the esophagus can also help to increase your awareness of early signs and symptoms. It is always best to catch a case of esophageal cancer as soon as possible in order to improve your odds of beating the disease, making the diagnosis a crucial piece of this complicated puzzle.
Since esophageal cancer results in the growth of a tumor within the esophagus, it is extremely common for individuals to experience increased difficulty while trying to consume various foods and beverages due to partial blockage of the esophagus. This typically results in problems with swallowing that may feel as though you are straining to push food down into the stomach. Other symptoms that are frequently associated with esophageal cancer include:
- Changes in vocal tone or pitch
- Recurring acid reflux
- Sudden weight loss
- Chest pain, or other generalized pain of the throat
- Chronic coughing, which may even lead to bleeding of the esophagus
By thoroughly explaining any abnormal symptoms to Dr. Brevetti, you can begin the process to diagnose and determine the staging of the cancer. A definitive diagnosis is typically reached after your provider completes an endoscopy and/or biopsy of the esophagus. Once diagnostic testing has been performed and a case is identified, you and your physician will be able to explore the variety of treatment options available to our patients in Port Jefferson and select the one that is best for you.
Treatment for Esophageal Cancer
In addition to determining which type and stage of esophageal cancer a particular patient is in, it is also critical that our specialists consider the state of the person’s health before recommending any considerable treatment options. The existence of other medical conditions, plus the age of the patient, are both able to have a significant impact on the person’s ability to tolerate certain courses of treatment.
Chemotherapy and Radiation
These non-invasive options may be used either separately or in combination with one another. Chemotherapy involves administering specially designed medications (usually by way of an oral pill or intravenously) that work to target and destroy any cancer cells within the body. Radiation is another common type of treatment that uses high-energy rays to eliminate these same types of cancerous cells.
Surgery for Esophageal Cancer in Port Jefferson
Patients may also elect for more aggressive solutions to surgically treat their cancer. We offer the following surgical treatments for esophageal cancer:
Our providers also offer interventional assistance to help relieve symptoms of esophageal cancer, such as placing a stent within the esophagus to relieve issues of pressure and blockage from food.
Questions about Esophageal Cancer? Ask Dr. Gregory Brevetti
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of esophageal cancer or would like to discuss your treatment options with a specialist, please contact thoracic surgeon Gregory Brevetti, MD today to schedule a consultation in Port Jefferson Station. Give us a call at (631) 353-0909 or request an appointment through our secure online form. Dr. Brevetti sees patients from throughout Suffolk County and all of Long Island.