Our Compassionate, Comprehensive Approach

At Stamford Health, we are committed to providing emotional support along with the latest medical and integrative medicine treatments and diagnostic services.

Our Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, which relies on person-centered care with evidence-based treatment, broadened its relationship with Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center. This allows our patients to have enhanced oncology care from both world-class teams.

Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a confusing, and sometimes frightening, process. Stamford Health’s nurse navigators ensure that no patient is ever left feeling alone. Our navigators work as part of a multidisciplinary oncology team to provide support to patients through their cancer treatment and into survivorship. They answer questions, coordinate appointments and services, and offer referrals to additional resources, if needed.

Because gastrointestinal cancers tend to run in certain families, we also offer genetic counseling. This team, which includes genetic counselors and doctors, works with the Bennett Cancer Center to provide guidance, information, and, in some cases, testing to understand and possibly reduce your risk.

Meet Our Providers

  • Surgery
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pathology
Michael  Ebright
Thoracic Surgery

(203) 276-4404

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Christopher J Del Prete
Hematology, Medical Oncology

(203) 276-2695

Steven C Oh
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Andrew W Smith
Radiation Oncology

(203) 276-7886

Elgida  Volpicelli
Anatomic Pathology, Dermatopathology

(203) 276-7420

A Closer Look At Our Cancer Care

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Our team provides access to advanced imaging technology including barium swallow (a scan of your esophagus during which you drink contrast), as well as CT and PET scans.
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Our gastroenterologists use upper GI endoscopy and other advanced endoscopic procedures for an accurate diagnosis. Results take just a few days, at most, because we know your time and peace of mind are important.
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When appropriate, we may present the most complex cases in front of a multidisciplinary tumor board. There, a large group of experienced clinicians, including oncologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists, and a gastrointestinal oncology nurse navigator, will review your individual case to recommend the best course of treatment possible.

Stomach & Esophageal Cancers Treatment Options

Once a diagnosis is made, treatment depends on the type and stage of the gastric or esophageal cancer. Your oncologist will work with you to personalize a plan that’s best for you.

This may include open surgery or, whenever possible, minimally invasive techniques. This means you’ll likely have less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery.
When you need radiation therapy, our expert team depends on the latest technology to care for you. Your radiation oncologist will develop a personalized care plan to deliver radiation to the tumor area, shielding as much surrounding normal tissue as possible.
If needed, your oncologist will create a plan for your chemotherapy treatment, which will include your dosage of medication and how often you’ll receive it. For immunotherapy, this ground-breaking treatment activates specific parts of the immune system to fight cancer.

Symptoms Of Gastric Or Esophageal Cancer

Though relatively rare in the United States, symptoms of gastric and esophageal cancers may include:

  • Weight loss.
  • Swallowing difficulties.
  • Acid reflux.
  • Upper abdominal and back pain.
  • Feeling full after meals.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Decreased energy.
  • Occasional blood in stool.

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Certain genetic and lifestyle factors may increase the risk of developing stomach and esophageal cancer. These include:

  • Older age.
  • Gender, men are at increased risk.
  • Obesity.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Alcohol use.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Stomach & Esophageal Cancer FAQs

  • How do you know if you should undergo screening for stomach or esophageal cancer?
    If you experience symptoms like persistent indigestion, difficulty swallowing, or unintended weight loss, or if you have risk factors such as a family history of stomach or esophageal cancer, consult with your health care provider. They can assess your individual risk and recommend appropriate screening.
  • What screening options are available for stomach & esophageal cancer at Stamford Health, and how do you decide which one is suitable?
    Stamford Health uses advanced imaging technology and endoscopic procedures for accurate screenings and diagnoses. Your health care provider will consider your medical history, risk factors, and preferences to help you make an informed decision about the most suitable screening option for you.
  • How can you schedule a stomach or esophageal cancer screening appointment at Stamford Health?
    Scheduling a screening is easy. You can contact us directly at 203.276.2273 (press 2) or follow the referral pathway outlined by your health care provider. Early detection is crucial, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
  • Can you seek a second opinion for a cancer diagnosis and treatment plan at Stamford Health?
    Absolutely. Stamford Health encourages individuals to seek second opinions. The process is collaborative and patient-centered, ensuring you have a comprehensive understanding of your diagnosis and treatment options.
  • How can you reduce the risk of developing stomach or esophageal cancer, especially if you have a family history or other risk factors?
    Minimizing the risk of stomach and esophageal cancer involves adopting a holistic approach to health. Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet, avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol, and consider addressing specific risk factors, such as infection. If you have a family history or other concerns, consult with your health care provider for personalized guidance on lifestyle modifications that can significantly contribute to lowering your overall cancer risk.
  • What role does family history play in the risk of stomach & esophageal cancer, and should individuals with a family history be screened more frequently?
    Family history can contribute to the risk of stomach cancer. Individuals with a family history may benefit from more frequent screenings and preventive measures. Consult with your health care provider to determine the most appropriate screening schedule based on your risk factors.

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