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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Esophageal Cancer, Version 1.2016


Supported by NCCN Foundation


NCCN Foundation supports the mission of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network




) to

improve the care of patients with cancer. One of its aims is to raise funds to create a library of books for

patients. Learn more about the NCCN Foundation at


National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

275 Commerce Drive • Suite 300

Fort Washington, PA 19034


© 2016 National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. All rights reserved.

The NCCN Guidelines for Patients


and illustrations herein may not be reproduced in any form for any

purpose without the express written permission of NCCN.

NCCN aims to improve the care given to patients with cancer. NCCN staff work with experts to create helpful programs and

resources for many stakeholders. Stakeholders include health providers, patients, businesses, and others. One resource is the

series of books for patients called the NCCN Guidelines for Patients


. Each book presents the best practice for a type of cancer.

The patient books are based on clinical practice guidelines written for cancer doctors. These guidelines are called the NCCN

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines


). Clinical practice guidelines list the best health care options for

groups of patients. Many doctors use them to help plan cancer treatment for their patients.

Panels of experts create the NCCN Guidelines


. Most of the experts are from NCCN Member Institutions. Panelists may include

surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and patient advocates. Recommendations in the NCCN Guidelines are

based on clinical trials and the experience of the panelists. The NCCN Guidelines are updated at least once a year. When funded,

the patient books are updated to reflect the most recent version of the NCCN Guidelines for doctors. For more information about

the NCCN Guidelines, visit .

NCCN staff involved in developing the NCCN Guidelines for Patients include:

Dorothy A. Shead, MS

Director, Patient and Clinical Information


Laura J. Hanisch, PsyD

Medical Writer/Patient Information


Alycia Corrigan

Medical Writer

Rachael Clarke

Guidelines Data and Layout Coordinator

Susan Kidney

Graphic Design Specialist

Sponsored in part and endorsed by

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association (ECAA)


he ECAA strongly supports NCCN’s efforts to provide accurate and easy to read information to anyone

affected by esophageal cancer. Patients, family and friends can better understand this disease thanks to

these comprehensive guidelines and resources to help move forward with treatment.

Endorsed by

Esophageal Cancer Action Network, Inc. (ECAN)

ECAN is proud to endorse the NCCN Guidelines for Patients. ECAN understands how critically important it is for patients and families

to understand all of their options when facing the life and death decisions so often confronted in Esophageal Cancer. These Guidelines

illuminate complex issues as they help answer the important questions that can direct patients on a path to appropriate, life-saving care. ECAA Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association