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New NCCN Guidelines for Patients® Now Available for Esophageal Cancer

NCCN announces the availability of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Esophageal Cancer through generous support from the Honorable Ellen O`Kane Tauscher.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), through generous support from the Honorable Ellen O`Kane Tauscher, announces the availability of the latest addition to the library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients®; the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Esophageal Cancer is now available free-of-charge at NCCN.com and NCCN.org.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, patient-friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), are designed to provide people with cancer and their caregivers state-of-the-art treatment information in easy-to-understand language.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), one distinct challenge faced by individuals diagnosed with esophageal cancer is that the disease is often detected at a late stage, making treatment difficult.  In 2012, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimated that more than 17,000 people would be diagnosed with esophageal cancer in the United States, and more than 15,000 of them would die as a result of the disease.

NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Esophageal Cancer is written for patients diagnosed with any stage of the disease and their caregivers, and is supported by a donation from Ms. Tauscher, Strategic Advisor for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control & International Security; Former Member of Congress; Chair of the NCCN Foundation Board of Directors; and esophageal cancer survivor.

I made a personal commitment to make available the NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Esophageal Cancer and get it into the hands of the many people affected each year by this diagnosis, said Ms. Tauscher. This is my way to `pay it forward` and help all cancer patients become cancer survivors.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Esophageal Cancer is dedicated to the memory of Marie O`Kane, Ms. Tauscher`s paternal grandmother, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1973.

NCCN is pleased to announce the availability of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients for Esophageal Cancer, said Robert W. Carlson, MD, CEO, NCCN. The dedication of the NCCN Foundation, in conjunction with the support and enthusiasm of individuals like Ms. Tauscher, truly allow for the empowerment of patients and their caregivers, through the creation and dissemination of world-class treatment recommendations. NCCN is honored to receive support from Ms. Tauscher for this project.

The NCCN Guidelines® are developed by multidisciplinary panels of experts from NCCN Member Institutions and feature algorithms that address appropriate management options from initial work-up throughout the course of the disease. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients® translate the professional Guidelines in a clear, step-by-step manner that people can use as the basis for making decisions and discussing treatment options with their physicians.

NCCN currently offers 12 additional NCCN Guidelines for Patients®, including Breast, Colon, Non-Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers, Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA), Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, and Lung Cancer Screening. Print versions are available for certain disease types. Please e-mail patientguidelines@nccn.org to request free copies.