Patterns of care study decision tree and management guidelines for esophageal cancer. American College of Radiology.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE: The Patterns of Care Study (PCS) of the American College of Radiology periodically develops a decision tree and current management guidelines for major malignancies where radiation has an important role. The decision tree is a framework which depicts the division of patients into treatment groups. The treatment guidelines are useful in management and also serve as a starting point for quality assessment. For the first time, PCS decided to develop consensus management guidelines for esophageal cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A consensus panel was convened to define the key issues and develop guidelines for esophageal cancer management. A modified Delphi process was used to achieve consensus. RESULTS: The consensus panel developed guidelines for the management of patients with adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus with a Karnofsky performance status of over 50. Patients with clinical stage I or II esophageal cancer can be treated with curative intent using either a primary surgical or primary chemoradiation approach. For patients with clinical stage III malignancy, where the most common approaches are palliative, surgical resection is generally not recommended and chemoradiation is the preferred treatment. CONCLUSION: The PCS has developed treatment guidelines for esophageal cancer based on consensus committee deliberations. These guidelines can be useful for those who manage esophageal cancer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coia, LR; Minsky, BD; John, MJ; Haller, D; Landry, J; Pisansky, TM; Willet, CG; Mahon, I; Owen, J; Hanks, GE

Published Date

  • July 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 327

PubMed ID

  • 9814432

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0288-2043


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Japan