We have had a long history of treating esophageal cancer. Our experience dates back to the late 1930s with Drs. Richard Sweet and Edward Churchill., who were among the earliest pioneers of treating patients with esophageal cancer.

Dr. Sweet's original report of resection is among the first in medical literature. In his time, he was among the leading esophageal surgeons in the world, and achieved results that would still be admirable today.

Mass General Hospital was among the first institutions in the United States to use neoadjuvant chemotherapy and subsequent radiotherapy before surgery for cancer of the esophagus, both squamous cell and adenocarcinoma. We have had an extensive record of innovative care for patients with this difficult malignancy.

Douglas J. Mathisen, MD

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