MedStar Health DocTalk

MedStar Health DocTalk

Doc Talk Podcast - presented by MedStar Health

"MedStar Health DocTalk" is a podcast series which elevates awareness of the latest in medical technology, research, clinical trials, devices and surgical approaches.

New episodes will release on the first and fifteen of each month, and can be found in most podcast directories, including: Spotify, Apple, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora, Podchaser, Podcast Index, and Podcast Addict.


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S4:E8 The Silent Threat of Esophageal Cancer
Duane Monteith and Dana Sloane

Esophageal cancer may not be the most common form of cancer, but its aggressive nature makes it one of the deadliest. In the latest episode of MedstarHealth doctalk, thoracic surgeon Dr. Duane Monteith and gastroenterologist Dr. Dana Sloan join forces to shed light on this challenging disease, offering hope and knowledge to patients and healthcare enthusiasts alike.

Dr. Monteith and Dr. Sloan dive into the intricacies of esophageal cancer, beginning with its two main types: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. They explore the symptoms that differ depending on the tumor's location, emphasizing the importance of early detection. The conversation turns technical yet fascinating as they explain diagnostic tests like endoscopy and the role of biopsies in confirming cancer presence.

The episode takes a hopeful turn as the doctors discuss treatment options. They cover the standard chemotherapy and radiation, and then delve into the complexities of esophagectomy – a surgical procedure that involves creating a new esophagus from the stomach. Dr. Monteith's passion is palpable as he describes the delicate balance required in crafting this new esophagus, ensuring it's not too narrow or too wide for optimal function post-surgery.

Listeners are also introduced to the concept of minimally invasive surgery, including the video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), and how these approaches can benefit patients. The conversation doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of cancer treatment, with Dr. Monteith candidly discussing the prognosis and quality of life concerns that many patients face.

But it's not all about the medical procedures. The podcast episode highlights the human side of healthcare, with discussions on risk factors, the importance of a supportive care team, and the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Sloan urges listeners to control what they can by reducing smoking, alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight to lower cancer risks.

By the end of the episode, you're left with a sense of empowerment. The key takeaway? Esophageal cancer is serious, but not hopeless. With advancements in medical science and a team of dedicated professionals, patients have a fighting chance.

If you or someone you know is facing the specter of esophageal cancer, this episode is a must-listen. It's not just a discussion; it's a lifeline of information that could make all the difference. Tune in, learn, and remember – early detection and treatment are key.

Listen to the full episode to grasp the full depth of knowledge shared by Dr. Monteith and Dr. Sloan, and visit for more information on esophageal cancer.

For an interview with Dr. Sloane or Dr. Monteith , or for more information about this podcast, contact MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Manager of Media Relations,


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