Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor Launches Specialty Team for Comprehensive Esophageal Cancer Care


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The National Cancer Institute–designated Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has formed a new multispecialty group to provide expert, state-of-the-art esophageal cancer care, from assessing risk, screening, and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and posttreatment supportive care.

Shawn Groth, MD

Shawn Groth, MD

Henry Mok, MD, PhD

Henry Mok, MD, PhD

Brandon Smaglo, MD, FACP

Brandon Smaglo, MD, FACP

Mohamed O. ­Othman, MD

Mohamed O. ­Othman, MD

Led by Shawn Groth, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of General Thoracic Surgery and Director of Esophageal Surgical Services at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center; ­Henry Mok, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology; Brandon Smaglo, MD, FACP, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the section of Medical Oncology, and ­Mohamed O. ­Othman, MD, Director of Advanced Endoscopy and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology, the formation of the esophageal cancer program creates the 13th disease oriented multidisciplinary program in the Duncan Cancer Center.

“Early detection is very important when diagnosing esophageal cancer. As the most rapidly increasing cancer in Caucasian men, factors such as obesity, esophageal reflux, smoking, and consumption of alcohol increase the risk for esophageal cancer,” noted C. Kent Osborne, MD, Director of the Duncan Cancer Center. ■



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