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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Esophageal Cancer, Version 1.2016


Preparing for treatment

Quit smoking | Review

Quit smoking

If you were smoking tobacco before you learned you

had cancer, it is important to quit. Nicotine addiction

is one of the hardest addictions to stop. The stress

of esophageal cancer may make it harder to quit.

Quitting is important since smoking can limit how

well cancer treatment works. Smoking also greatly

increases your chances of having side effects

after surgery. If you smoke, ask your doctor about

counseling and drugs to help you quit.


• Before treatment, cancer tests are given to help

plan treatment.

• Treatment of esophageal cancer takes a team of


• Getting good nutrition is important before starting


• If you smoke tobacco, it is important to quit to get

the best treatment