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Patients who have had an esophagectomy - removal of the esophagus to treat esophageal cancer - can face many challenges. The UPMC Esophageal Cancer Surgery Support Group provides patients and their family members with the opportunity to learn more about their disease and connect with others who have had similar experiences.
Surgery for esophageal cancer can be life-changing and the road to recovery can be long. Patients who have undergone an esophagectomy, their families, and caregivers face stressful challenges. The UPMC Esophageal Cancer Surgery Support Group offers the opportunity for patients and caregivers to share experiences, ask questions, and seek advice from others.
The Esophageal Cancer Surgery Support Group is led by a multidisciplinary team of experts who deal with issues surrounding esophagectomy. The group meets once a month and is open to all patients who have had an esophagectomy.
This personal approach allows patients and their families to openly discuss:
With the help of the Esophageal Cancer Surgery Support Group, patients will be able to connect and share experiences with others while learning about their disease, how to prepare for surgery, and how to cope with life after surgery.