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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. This is my way to ‘pay it forward’, so to

speak, and to help all cancer patients become cancer survivors.

My survival and high quality of life can be directly traced to my oncology

team, Tommy D’Amico, MD, and Scott Balderson, PA-C. Their care, work with

NCCN, and dedication to these guidelines are exceptional. I have also been

enormously blessed in my life. I have a loving family and friends and work that

has given me tremendous freedom and satisfaction. As a cancer survivor, I

belong to an exclusive club whose membership I want to expand. I am here

today because of the efforts of many dedicated physicians, nurses, technicians

and the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues – AND the

thousands of volunteer hours from some of the most distinguished and

state-of-the-art clinicians who produce the NCCN Guidelines and the NCCN

Guidelines for Patients. On behalf of my grandmother and myself, I hope you

find this booklet helpful in dealing with a diagnosis of esophageal cancer. If so,

you can always ‘pay it forward’ and make a donation to the NCCN Foundation


to help provide these resources to

others. I survived and so can you!

The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher

NCCN Foundation Board of Directors, Chair

Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control &

International Security and Member of Congress


NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Esophageal Cancer, Version 1.2016