Surgery for advanced-stage oesophageal cancer

Find out how we can treat advanced-stage oesophageal cancer by removing your oesophagus (food pipe)

About oesophageal cancer

Oesophageal cancer affects your oesophagus (the muscular tube which carries food from the throat to the stomach). If the cancer has reached an advanced stage, we can carry out an oesophagogastrostomy to treat it.

An oesophagogastrectomy involves removing your oesophagus entirely. It'll most likely be carried out as part of a wider treatment plan, which may include chemotherapy and possibly radiotherapy.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    Your consultant surgeon will make a few incisions in your chest and stomach (or in your neck and stomach) to gain access to your oesophagus. They will then remove your oesophagus, along with the top of your stomach and nearby lymph nodes. They will also use the remainder of your stomach to replace your oesophagus. An oesophagogastrectomy is carried out under general anaesthetic.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    As you'll be receiving a general anaesthetic, you'll most likely need to limit your food and drink intake in the hours leading up to your operation. Your consultant or nurse specialist will explain this and any other preparations you may need to take. They'll also explain any risks and side effects, and answer any questions you might have.
  • After surgery icon plus

    After your procedure, we'll transfer you to our recovery ward, where we'll care for you for a few days. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Our surgeons

We're proud to work with leading surgeons who specialise in treating diseases of the abdomen, breast, head and neck, blood vessels, and digestive tract.

Our locations

From complex digestive tract surgery to diagnostic scans and minor procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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