Article Abstract

Esophageal cancer patients’ information management: cross-cultural differences between Dutch and Italian patients in perceived quality of provided oncological information

Authors: Luca M. Saadeh, Annelijn E. Slaman, Eleonora Pinto, Suzanne S. Gisbertz, Francesco Cavallin, Egle Jezerskyte, Rita Alfieri, Loes Noteboom, Maria Cristina Bellissimo, Matteo Cagol, Giovanni Pirozzolo, Carlo Castoro, Marco Scarpa, Mark I. van Berge Henegouwen


Esophageal cancer (EC) is the eight most common cancer worldwide with more than 450,000 new cases every year with the highest incidence in Asia and Africa (1,2). The prognosis remains generally poor, with a 5-year survival rate decreasing from 50% for localized tumors to 4% for metastatic disease (3).