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New Esophageal Cancer Guidelines for Patients and Caregivers

NCCN oncology recommendations are translated into ‘patient-friendly’ language (June 27)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has announced the availability of the latest addition to its library of NCCN Guidelines for Patients — the NCCN Guidelines for Patients: Esophageal Cancer. The new guidelines consist of patient-friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology and 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 U.S., and that 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. The guidelines are available free-of-charge at NCCN.com and NCCN.org.

Source: NCCN; June 27, 2013.

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