Activity ID



May 31, 2020

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning


This activity is focused on practitioners who are working to manage dysphagia, specifically for patients suffering from esophageal cancer. There are 1700 new cases per year in the U.S. which results in 1600 deaths. Those with esophageal cancer face a high mortality rate and ultimately their major goal is to prolong their life and improve their quality of life. Topics such as screening and diagnosis, managing comorbidities and treatment-related side effects, and palliative care will be covered for oncology specialists to expand their knowledge and transform their practice in cancer care.

Identified gaps addressed for this activity includes:
Oncologists may lack strategies on evidence-based management of dysphagia
Oncologists lack awareness on appropriate modality selection in the management of dysphagia in an esophageal cancer patient
Oncologists/patients may lack knowledge of palliative treatment options once the disease has metastasized

Desired results from the activity includes:
Identify appropriate palliation of dysphagia for esophageal cancer patients utilizing a variety of treatment options, alone or in combination, to enhance quality of life
Summarize appropriate strategies to manage dysphagia in esophageal cancer patients
Discuss various palliative treatment options for the management of esophageal cancer patients

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Educational Objectives

• Discuss the various modalities for management of dysphagia.
• Select the appropriate modality for management of dysphagia in an esophageal cancer patient.
• Explain the goals of palliative treatment in esophageal cancer patients.


Dysphagia, Esophageal Cancer, Oncology


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient

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