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Advanced Practice Nursing Issues

Esophageal Cancer and Palliation of Dysphagia

Sarah Massey
CJON 2011, 15(3), 327-329 DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.327-329

Progressive dysphagia is the most common presenting symptom of esophageal cancer but also may occur as a side effect of treatment. Evaluation of patients' dysphagia includes determining its cause and assessing the severity. Several palliative options are available for dysphagia; the clinical situation, local expertise, and cost effectiveness help determine the appropriate treatment modality.

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