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Your care team

  • Doctors

    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.

    Radiologists use CT scan, PET scan, endoscopic ultrasound and upper GI series to find stomach or esophageal cancer.

    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

    Cancer care coordinators meet with patients and their families to provide support and help them navigate the medical system. The same cancer care coordinator can support a patient from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up.

    Genetic counselorsaddress 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.

  • Cancer care is much more than treating a disease.

    This video covers care coordination, one of the essential components of cancer care at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

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