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Cancer Barrett Esophagus
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Yes and no: Acid reflux is not clearly a cause of esophageal cancer. But there is an association of reflux (acid and non-acid) to barrett's esophagus/adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. There are other types of esophageal cancers, which may or may not be related to reflux. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Barrett's esophagus is associated with a higher risk of cancer, specifically esophageal adenocarcinoma. However, the risk is still low, and most people with this condition do not develop cancer (less than 1%). Caucasion males who smoke are classically the ones with the highest risk. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/barretts/#3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
if Barrett's esophagus has a 1% chance of esophagus cancer then that means it's 99% chance you won't end up with cancer? Is that 1% lifetime risk?
My dad has Barrett's esophagus with low grade dysplasis- how common is this and how often does this turn into cancer?
Barretts: This is a pre-malignant condition. Risk of malignancy is high in US and CAnada. It is already showing low grade dysplasia - This needs to be treated and watched closely. ...Read more
Depends: Unfortunately, patients with esophageal cancer are often asymptomatic until the disease is advanced. The most common presenting symptom is dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). Patients often describe solid food getting "stuck" on the way down. This is often associated with weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Like most cancers if they are discovered early they can be cured. ...Read more
Common concern: Is difficulty swallowing, particularly with meat or doughy foods like a bagel, but usually it is there all the time. An esophageal spasm can mimic this, and be quite uncomfortable. You may need imaging and endoscopy. Go to a center that has endosopic ultrasoound. I've had spasms and have been scoped twice. Go and be sure. ...Read more
Perhaps/no: The severity of esophageal cancer - as most cancers- depends on the stage (extent of spread). Limited disease has a better prognosis. You can live without an esophagus as the stomach is surgically brought up into the chest to allow food to enter the digestive tract. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Esophageal cancer is best treated by multi-disciplinary team approach. The actual treatments used will be individualized to each patient based on clinical stage, cancer type, and fitness/health of patient. The following links may assist you: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer and http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Intestinalization: Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the tissue lining the esophagus is replaced by tissuet similar to the intestinal lining .It is estimated to affect 1.6 to 6.8 percent of people. Reflux disease (GERD) is a risk factor for the condition. Between 5 and 10 percent of people with GERD develop Barrett’s esophagus. IT diagnosed with an upper GI endoscopy. Conversion to Ca is about 5%/yr. ...Read more
Barrett's.: This is a change in the esophagus in response to longstanding reflux. It is a precancerous change which requires frequent surveillance EGDs to make sure cancer is not developing. If Barrett's is found, the abnormal areas can be ablated so that they do not progress to cancer. Remember, reflux comes from an anatomic issue, so medications don't stop reflux and thereby may not prevent Barrett's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer