The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has released new clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach).
The guidelines, published in the November 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, include nine evidence-based recommendations that address issues related to multimodality care, including neoadjuvant therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy given prior to surgery). The goal of neoadjuvant therapy is to reduce the extent of cancer before an operation to maximize the chance of obtaining a cure.
“Despite the widespread enthusiasm for multimodality therapy and the myriad of its aspects, currently available data for each component of care are not truly definitive,” said Guideline Task Force Chair Alex G. Little, MD, from the University of Arizona in Tucson. “The recommendations included in our document are guidelines, not mandates, but we feel they identify best current practices.”
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