NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Esophageal Cancer - page 47

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Esophageal Cancer
Version 1.2013
Part 5: Squamous cell carcinomas
Par t 1
Par t 2
Par t 3
Par t 4
Par t 5
Par t 6
Par t 7
Par t 8
Par t 9
Definitions:
Concurrent
chemoradiation:
Chemotherapy and
radiation therapy given at
the same time
Supportive care:
Treatment for symptoms
that are caused by cancer
or by cancer treatment
!
Read pages 16–17
for definitions of
TNM scores.
How the tumor responds to treatment will be assessed by a CT scan with
contrast, PET/CT, or upper GI endoscopy. These tests are described in
Parts 2.1 and 3.1. If there are no signs of cancer, you can start follow-up
testing. If cancer is found in or near the esophagus, then you may have an
esophagectomy. Otherwise, supportive care can be started. Supportive care is
also recommended if tests show a T4b tumor or M1 disease.
Next steps:
When you are finished with cancer treatment, read Part 5.3 for
follow-up testing. If you will receive supportive care, read Part 5.5 next.
Acronyms:
5-FU
=
fluorouracil
CT
=
computed tomography
GI
=
gastrointestinal
PET
= positron emission
tomography
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