NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Esophageal Cancer - page 51

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Esophageal Cancer
Version 1.2013
Part 5: Squamous cell carcinomas
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Par t 3
Par t 4
Par t 5
Par t 6
Par t 7
Par t 8
Par t 9
Barrett’s esophagus:
The presence of stomach
cells within the lining of the
Removal of small
amounts of tissue or fluid to
be tested for disease
A pre-cancerous
change in cells
Imaging test:
A test that
makes pictures of the
insides of the body
Supportive care:
Treatment for symptoms
that are caused by cancer
or by cancer treatment
Read pages 12–15
for information on
If you had an esophagectomy or chemoradiation, follow-up testing should
include a medical history and physical exam. If there are signs of cancer, blood
and imaging tests may be done. Likewise, an upper GI endoscopy to view the
area and take a biopsy can reveal if the cancer has returned.
You may have trouble swallowing after your esophagus has healed from surgery
or radiation. These treatments can narrow the esophagus. If this is the case,
your esophagus can be stretched using a small balloon or tube guided down
your throat to the right spot. After cancer treatment, it may also be helpful to
meet with a nutritionist—an expert in healthy foods and drinks—to make sure
you are getting enough food to eat and are eating enough healthy foods.
Next steps:
If the cancer returns, read Part 5.4 for treatment options.
complete blood
= high-grade dysplasia
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