NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Esophageal Cancer
Part 4: Overview of cancer treatments
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What are the available treatments for esophageal
What are the risks and benefits of each treatment for
Will my age, general health, stage of esophageal
cancer, and other medical conditions limit my treatment
Do I have to get treated?
Where will I be treated? Will I have to stay in the
hospital or can I go home after each treatment?
What can I do to prepare for treatment? Should I stop
taking my medications? Should I store my blood in case
I need a transfusion?
How many esophageal surgeries have you done? How
many of your patients have had complications?
Is esophageal surgery a major part of your practice?
How soon should I start treatment? How long does
How much will the treatment cost? How can I find out
how much my insurance company will cover?
How likely is it that I’ll be cancer-free after treatment?
What symptoms should I look out for while being treated
for esophageal cancer?
When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
What is the chance that my cancer will come back
What should I do after I finish treatment?
Are there supportive services that I can get involved in?
Questions about treatment to ask your doctor