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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Esophageal Cancer
Version 1.2013
Part 4: Overview of cancer treatments
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Definitions:
abdomen:
The belly area
between the chest and
pelvis
electrodes:
Small devices
that transmit electricity
General anesthesia:
A controlled loss of
wakefulness from drugs
intestine:
The tube-like
digestive organ between
the stomach and anus; also
called the bowel and gut
laparoscope:
A thin, long
tube through which tools
are inserted to do work in
the abdomen
liquid nitrogen:
Cooling
of the chemical, nitrogen,
to a liquid state
After the cancer is removed, your stomach will need to be attached to the
remaining esophagus. See Figure 7. It may be directly attached or a piece
of your intestine may be used to connect the two organs. As you heal from
surgery, you will receive food from a feeding tube that is inserted through your
side and into your intestine.
Figure 7. Before and after esophagectomy
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