Living with Esophageal Cancer

While our primary goal is to cure or control the disease, another top priority for care at City of Hope is relieving suffering and discomfort for esophageal cancer patients during and after their treatments.
In addition to curative therapies, City of Hope esophageal cancer patients and their caregivers have access to the broad range of services offered by our Department of Supportive Care Medicine. The department’s staff of professionals, including rehabilitation specialists, speech therapists, registered dieticians and clinical social workers, can help patients and loved ones with a variety of care and wellness issues including:
  • Managing side effects such as trouble swallowing or speaking
  • Adjustment to new dietary habits following esophageal surgery or radiation
  • Pain management
  • Navigation through the health care system
  • Coping and maintaining emotional/social/spiritual well-being
  • Staying healthy and active during/after treatment
  • Guidance on eating and cooking well
  • Healing arts
  • Building caregivers’ skills  
The Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center is the heart of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine, integrating City of Hope's support services under one umbrella. The Biller Resource Center provides a warm and welcoming space where patients, families and caregivers can access the resources, education and support they need to strengthen and empower themselves, before, during and after treatment.

Our team of supportive care experts includes clinical social workers; pain and palliative care physicians and nurses; psychologists, psychiatrists; patient navigators; health educators; spiritual care chaplains; child life specialists and more. The Biller Resource Center staff may be reached at 626-256-4673, ext. 32273 (3CARE).

This site includes tips, tools and online resources to help cancer patients and their families with issues that arise during cancer treatment.
Additional Resources
If you have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer or are looking for a  second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about  becoming a patient or contact us at 800-826-HOPE.