Depends on stage. There are 4 stages of esophageal cancer (with a and b subtypes for some). For stage i and iia, the upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii, treatment is chemoradiation followed by surgery, or definitive chemoradiation. For stage iv, the treatment is chemotherapy, + /- radiation.
Concur. Concur with drs cooke and spiers. Esophageal cancer is treated in a muti-disciplinary approach with specific treatments decided based on the stage and health/fitness of the patient. This link may be a useful resource: http://goo.Gl/hjljh.