Cancer care: Stomach and esophageal cancerSkip section navigation
Your care team
Your primary care provider guides your overall medical care. This is the first medical professional you should go to about any health concern.
Medical oncologists coordinate cancer care through the course of the disease. They also prescribe chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs, as well as pain medicine.
Pathologists work in the medical laboratory, where they examine cells and tissue samples for traces of cancer.
Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat problems with the digestive system, which includes the stomach and esophagus. They use endoscopy to find tumors in the stomach and esophagus.
Surgeons with special training may treat stomach cancer by removing all or parts of the stomach. This type of surgery is called gastrectomy.
Thoracic surgeons operate within the chest cavity, which includes the esophagus. To treat esophageal cancer, they may remove all or parts of the esophagus (esophagectomy). They may also remove some of the stomach and lymph nodes with the cancerous part of the esophagus (esophagogastrectomy).
Radiation oncologists stop the growth of cancer cells with radiation therapy.
Other stomach and esophageal cancer care team members
Nurse coordinators meet with patients and their families to provide support and help them navigate the medical system. The same nurse coordinator can support a patient from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.
Genetic counselors address concerns about inheriting cancer.
Healing coaches offer support, information and referrals for complementary therapies. While bridging the worlds of mainstream and alternative medicine, they can help address concerns and feelings raised by cancer.