Burlingame Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery
Surgeons at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Burlingame Center offer expertise in the treatment of diseases of the stomach esophagus and small intestine.
Specialty areas include:
- Cancer of the stomach and esophagus: Patients can choose to be seen by one of our individual surgeons or take part in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic that allows a patient to see the entire cancer care team (surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and cancer nurse specialist) in individual appointments during one visit. Our surgeons specialize in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) treatment of these cancers.
- Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) treatment of benign esophageal diseases including GERD (reflux), achalasia, paraesophageal and hiatal hernias.
What Is Cancer of the Esophagus?
Esophageal cancer is cancer that occurs in the esophagus - a long, hollow tube that runs from your throat to your stomach. Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the esophagus, but in people in the U.S., it occurs most often in the lower portion of the esophagus. More men than women get esophageal cancer.
What Is Cancer of the Stomach?
Stomach cancer is cancer that occurs in the stomach - the muscular sac located in the upper middle of your abdomen, just below your ribs. Another term for stomach cancer is gastric cancer. These two terms most often refer to stomach cancer that begins in the mucus-producing cells on the inside lining of the stomach (adenocarcinoma). Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of stomach cancer.