Surgery, drug therapy, and radiation therapy cause side effects to varying degrees.
It may be necessary to provide supportive care in order for the patient to complete and obtain the full effect of planned treatment. Supportive care can also be provided to reduce side effects and improve the patient's quality of life during and after treatment.
Adequate nutrition is essential to enable patients with esophageal cancer to complete radical treatment. These patients have often experienced dramatic weight loss because of the disease, therefore nutrition probeor PEG is recommended from the start of treatment.