Beaumont RCSI Cancer Centre

Oesophageal Cancer

Oesophageal CancerAbout our Upper GI Cancer Service

Beaumont RCSI Cancer Centre is one of only four centres in Ireland to be a designated centre for the treatment of Oesophageal Cancer.

The cardinal symptoms of oesophageal cancer are difficulty in swallowing and weight loss.

We provide all patients with rapid assessment in a multi-disciplinary environment and believe that we are leaders in surgical innovation and in the preparation and recovery of patients around the time of their surgery.

Rapid evaluation clinic for oesophageal and gastric cancers – all patients are seen within one week of us receiving your referral

Multi-disciplinary team involvement in the staging and treating cancers. Our Cancer Centre brings together Consultant Specialists in:

  • oesophageal and gastric surgery
  • gastroenterology
  • radiology
  • medical oncology
  • radiation oncology
  • pathology

Additional key member of the multi-disciplinary team include:

  • Cancer Nurse Specialists
  • Cancer Data Manager
  • Dieticians


  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Our Surgeons at Beaumont RCSI Cancer Centre are Leaders in Minimally Invasive Surgery – Beaumont leads in the delivery of minimally invasive surgical approaches to oesophagectomy and gastrectomy.

    This includes providing:

    • Totally Minimally Invasive Oesophagectomy – Performed both by laparoscopic and now also by robotic surgery.
    • We are the only hospital in Ireland to perform surgery for cancers of the stomach and oesophagus harnessing the latest robotic surgical techniques
  • Barrett's Oesophagus

    At Beaumont RCSI Cancer Centre we have Specialist gastroenterology and surgical interest in and the management of dysplastic Barrett’s Oesophagus and Early Mucosal Cancers.

  • Endoscopic Resection of Early Cancers – Avoiding Surgery

    Our Gastroenterology Department are currently the only gastroenterology department performing endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) procedures for the endoscopic removal of early oesophageal and gastric cancers.

  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Programme

    At Beaumont RCSI Cancer we have a dedicated Enhanced Recovery After Surgery programme (ERAS) Nurse Specialist, Claire Coleman.

    Claire ensures that patients are prepared for both their surgery and their recovery before they are admitted to hospital. Our Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Programme set goals for your recovery, reduces complications and gets you home quicker. This combined with minimally invasive surgery means the trauma of surgery is reduced.

  • Your Upper GI Cancer Team

    Mr William B. Robb,
    Consultant Upper GI Surgeon
    IMC No: 023792

    Beaumont Hospital:

    Public Secretary: Emer Phone: 01 8093091

    Beaumont Private Clinic:

    Private Secretary: Deborah Phone: 085 2548786

    Professor Mayilone Arumugasamy
    Consultant Upper GI Surgeon
    IMC No: 017049

    Beaumont Hospital

    Public Secretary: Emer Phone: 01 8093091

    Beaumont Private Clinic

    Private Secretary: Mary Phone 087 4450990 Email:


    Ms Wendy Hickey Upper GI Cancer Nurse Specialist   01-7974888

    Ms Claire Coleman Upper GI Nurse Specialist / Enhanced Recovery Nurse  01-7977623 

    Ms Cathy O Neill  Specialist Dietician 01 7977682

    Ms Linda Moore  Specialist Dietician  01 7977683

    Main Dietetics Department 01 8092357

  • Referrals & Appointment

    Cancer Referrals are to be made by letter or email to

    Our Upper GI Nurses can also be contacted directly regarding any new or previous cancer referral

  • Patient Videos

    The videos below describe the patient’s journey from diagnosis of oesophageal cancer, through treatment and surgery. It is designed to introduce patients and their families to the team here in Beaumont and provide information and guidance to them about the different steps of their journey.   Three of our patients have also described their own cancer journey.

    Engaging patients in this way plays an important role in getting patients engaged and activated in their care, during a physically and emotionally stressful time in their lives when they get a diagnosis of Oesophageal cancer.  Our patient stories are real and show how others dealt with similar health issues and problems.

    We hope that the videos will help patients internalize important information about their health conditions and provide an emotional touchpoint. Patients realise they aren’t alone, and that they can benefit from what others have already been through.

    The making of the videos would not have been possible without the staff from the Upper GI Surgery Unit, the patients who bravely told their stories and the hard work, time and commitment of Dermot McConkey, of Best Practices, who developed the videos. Dermot himself is a cancer survivor recently finished treatment with the Department of Upper GI surgery in Beaumont.  

    Oesophageal Cancer: A patients journey through Beaumont 

    Dermot’s Journey

    Dermot is a 67 year old man who works as a videographer.  In the summer of 2018 he presented with difficulty swallowing and was diagnosed with an Oesophageal cancer. He proceeded directly to a minimally invasive oesophagectomy in Sept 2018. He has made an excellent recovery from surgery. He has returned to his work which he loves. It was out of his love for his work the idea for putting together the video documenting an oesophageal cancer patients journey through the Beaumont Hospital was born. Click here to see Dermot’s video

    Aidan’s Journey

    Aidan is now a 55 year old married man living in Kildare with his family. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in November 2017. He underwent a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, given together over a period of approximately five weeks. After this treatment was completed he had a period of recovery and then went on to have a minimally invasive oesophagectomy in April 2018. Click here to see Aidan’s Video

    David’s Journey

    David is now 57 years old is a married man with children living in Dublin. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer at the end of 2017 and underwent a period of chemoradiation followed by a recovery period and then underwent a minimally invasive oesophagectomy in March 2018. He recovered extremely well and progressed himself back to all his fitness pursuits as his recovery allowed. Click here to see David’s video.


  • Dietary Advice

    Dietary advice is central to the recovery of patients diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer. Cathy White is our Senior Dietitian with over 10 years’ experience in the Upper GI Surgical service. Cathy is a wonderful resource providing high quality dietary advice and support to patients diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. You will see Cathy throughout your journey.

    Click here to see Cathy’s video


  • Patient Information Resources - Oesophageal Cancer

    Irish Cancer Society booklet on Cancer of the Oesophagus


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