NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Esophageal Cancer - page 81

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Esophageal Cancer
Version 1.2013
Part 7: Accepting a treatment plan
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of cells that make mucus to
keep the esophagus moist
Medical oncologist:
doctor who’s an expert in
cancer drugs
Radiation oncologist:
A doctor who’s an expert
in treating cancer with
Side effect:
An unhealthy
or unpleasant physical
or emotional response to
A doctor who’s
an expert in operations to
remove or repair a part of
the body
Squamous cell
Cancer of cells
that line the inner wall of
the esophagus
• Your general health,
• Treatment side effects,
• Costs of treatment,
• Changes to your life,
• What you want from treatment, and
• Your feelings about side effects.
A guide to treatment options can be found in Part 5 for squamous cell
carcinomas and Part 6 for adenocarcinomas. The cancer treatment that you
agree to have should be reported in the treatment plan. It is also important
to note the goal of treatment and the chance of a good treatment response.
In addition, all known side effects should be listed and the time required
for treatment should be noted. See Part 4 for listings of the side effects of
Your treatment plan may change because of new information. You may change
your mind about treatment, tests may find new results, or how well the treatment
is working may change. Any of these changes may require a new plan.
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