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Combining Technology and Surgical Expertise to Transform Esophageal Cancer Treatment

At UPMC Passavant–McCandless, highly skilled thoracic surgeons are using leading-edge technology to perform delicate, minimally invasive—and life-saving—surgery.



Niamh Parrish, a former program coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, dealt with acid reflux for years. Despite taking medicine to control her heartburn and avoiding certain foods, the problem persisted. When she started having challenges swallowing in late 2019, her primary care doctor, Yaqin Xia, MD, recommended an endoscopy.