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Diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer

Accurate diagnosis is essential to choosing the best treatment for your type and stage of esophageal cancer. Initial diagnostic tests for esophageal cancer could include:

  • Physical examination
  • Medical history
  • Barium swallow
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Biopsy

Imaging tests may be conducted in order to determine whether the cancer has spread and if treatment has been effective, including:

  • Ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy

Fox Chase Cancer Center radiologists and pathologists specializing in gastrointestinal cancer review all available diagnostic tests in order to make an informed diagnosis.

Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing

Fox Chase offers a Risk Assessment Program for individuals and families at risk for cancer and those with cancer—including breast, ovarian, gastrointestinal, endocrine, kidney, diffuse gastric, uterine and skin cancers. Our team of physicians, nurses and genetic counselors provides clinical and genetic evaluation and testing, screening and cancer risk-reduction services. To contact Fox Chase about these programs call 877-627-9684. 

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