Part 3 describes some of the
important events that should take
place before starting treatment. Tests
to learn about the cancer are needed.
Based on test results, your treatment
team will create a treatment plan.
To get the best treatment results, it
is important that you receive good
nutrition and if you smoke, quit
Before starting treatment, multiple cancer tests will
be done. Such tests are listed in
tests will assess your health, clinical stage, and other
features of the cancer. Read on to learn more about
Your medical history includes any health events in
your life and any medications you’ve taken. Health
events include any symptoms that may be related
to esophageal cancer. Such symptoms include
heartburn, swallowing that is hard or painful, throat
or back pain, and weight loss. However, these
symptoms can also be caused by other health
Some people are more likely to develop esophageal
cancer than others. Anything that increases your
chances of esophageal cancer is called a risk factor.
Risk factors can be activities that people do, things in
the environment, or personal traits.
NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Esophageal Cancer, Version 1.2016
22 Cancer tests
28 Treatment team meetings
29 Good nutrition
30 Quit smoking