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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gallbladder cancer?

None: Surgery is the only method of achieving cure for gallbladder cancer. When not discovered incidentally during routine gallbladder surgery, gallbladder cancer usually presents in advanced stages. Therefore even with surgery, chances of total cure are low. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, though used, have not proven to be very successful in treating this disease. ...Read more

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This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more


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Which treatments for barretts esophagus are most cost-effective?

Which treatments for barretts esophagus are most cost-effective?

Antacids, but...: The most recent reviews i've seen indicate that there's no clearly effective treatment for barrett's itself, though the most cost-effective ways to manage the reflux that often causes it are antacids / anti-acid medicines and propping up the head of your bed on cinder blocks. Barrett's is common and your physician knows whether & how to follow you for pre-cancer, for which you get added treatment. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment options for silent reflux (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) other than acid reducing drugs or surgery?

What are the best treatment options for silent reflux (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) other than acid reducing drugs or surgery?

Depends: depends on the cause, for example, weight loss might help if one is more than 20% over their ideal body weight. Try to find the cause and you will have an idea for the best treatment. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

What alternative treatments exist for patients with gastrinoma?

Chemotherapy: Other than surgery medication including chemotherapy can be used, depending on the histology and aggressiveness of the tumor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for esophageal achalasia?

Several: The main treatments are 1) medications, 2) endoscopic, and 3) surgical. Which one to choose depends on how severe the symptoms are. ...Read more

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Can you recommend the Torax Linx device as a less invasive alternative to a Nissen Fundoplication for management of GERD?

Can you recommend the Torax Linx device as a less invasive alternative to a Nissen Fundoplication for management of GERD?

Good early reposrts: New device but seems promising. Early report from LAC-USC in Los Angeles, CA endorse its use so far ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are some available treatments for esophageal varices?

What are some available treatments for esophageal varices?

Multiple: Varices can be treated with medications like beta blockers to reduce venous pressures, direct ligation of the veins, systemic shunts to reduce blood flow and pressure in the liver and portal vein system. The ultimate treatment in select cases is a liver transplant. Need to work with a hematologist and GI specialist and at times a GI surgeon. ...Read more

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What's an alternative chinese herb treatment for pulmonary fibrosis?

What's an alternative chinese herb treatment for pulmonary fibrosis?

Sorry: True hamman-rich pulmonary fibrosis is refractory to treatment, and if some chinese herb worked, the research piranhas at the nih would have snapped it up immediately. "chinese herbs" are unregulated, often not what they're supposed to be, and some are deadly poisons that have produced epidemics of liver failure. I'm sorry about your lung disease but don't make it worse. ...Read more

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Would nonspecific esophageal dysmotility make botox injjection for damaged recurrent laryngeal nerve contraindicated? Are there better options?

Would nonspecific esophageal dysmotility make botox injjection for damaged recurrent laryngeal nerve contraindicated? Are there better options?

Botox for RLN?: Unspecific esopageal dysmotility should not be affected by laryngeal Botox treatment. It is difficult to suggest options since I am unclear of what your voice and swallowing issues are, what caused the rln damage and what your vocal cords actually look like. Are you under the care of an ent/ otolaryngologist/ laryngologist? ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

What are alternative treatment for gallbladder polyp?

None: If the polyp is 1 cm or larger, the gall bladder should be removed. If it is smaller than 1 cm and you do not have symptoms suggestive of gb disease, then it can be followed with us studies. If you have typical symptoms of biliary colic, then removal of the gb is the only effective treatment. ...Read more

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What is an effective treatment for eosinophilic gastritis?

What is an effective treatment for eosinophilic gastritis?

An evolving answer: An evolving answer that includes identification /avoidance of known food allergens, use of budesonide, and possibly other agents. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed?Db=pubmed&term=treatment eosinophilic gastroenteritis for over 300 references in the pediatric and adult patient treatment settings. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

Are there alternative treatments for reflux?

GERD treatments: Lifestyle changes such as avoiding trigger foods, caffeine, chocolate, tomato sauces. Weight loss. Tilting beds up with blocks underneath, avoiding tight clothes, etc. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only effective treatment for esophageal cancer?

Is surgery the only effective treatment for esophageal cancer?

No: There are multiple therapies available for esophageal carcinoma, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, laser, photo-dynamic therapy, and other. For curative intent, with appropriately selected patients, surgery is still the best chance for cure. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

What are alternative treatment methods for spinal muscular atrophy?

Well not sure: What treatments you are getting. In general muscle exercises and physical therapy are useful. Do they know why your spinal muscles are atrophied? Ask yuor doctor who is handling this. There is no quick cure. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to surgery with a barrett's esophagus?

Are there alternatives to surgery with a barrett's esophagus?

Yes. : Barrett's esophagus is a condition that arises due to chronic acid reflux or gerd. It increases the likelihood of developing esophageal cancer. There is a procedure called halo which can cure barrett's without major surgery. The more important step is to get his reflux fixed by either a tif (transoral incisionless fundoplication) or a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. ...Read more

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