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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: 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 more
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: The exact type of malignancy in your esophagus helps to project the rate of growth. ...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 more
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
Only endoscopy: As above. With biopsy.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/treatment. ...Read more
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 more
Yes: A few percent of barrett's folks develop adenocarcinomas at the site, usually after years. Since there are millions of folks with barrett's, a biopsy is often used to determine who needs close follow-up and/or aggressive treatment / resurfacing. ...Read more
Increased risk: With barrett's esophagus, you have an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. Therefor an individual should be in a endoscipic surveillance program. If the barrett's progresses to high grade dysplasia, then the risk of cancer is so high, then the high grade dysplasia needs to be treated either with endoscopic techniques or esophagectomy. ...Read more
Extremely rare: The scientific literature describes only case reports (individual cases) of esophagus cancer in teenage years, so it is possible but extremely unlikely. Factors which might increase risk include family history, certain nutritional deficiencies not likely to occur in the us or toxic exposures (lye, n-nitrosamines, etc). ...Read more
Suspect one year of untreated LRP(silent reflux), now worried about esophagus cancer? What are the chances?
Hi I have a habbit of eating hot food temperature wise I was wondering what sort of damge will it do to the esophagus cause I am worried about cancer?
Adjust your habbits: Excessive heat can cause burns to the lining of your mouth and esophagus. Eat like normal people do...hot food but not burning hot foods. ...Read more
S i've been feeling like food is getting stuck in my esophagus. I am panicking that it is esophageal cancer. Is this likely?
Probably not, but: By age, unless there is some family or ethnic history( eg. You were not born and raised in wi), highly improbable. But you should have it evaluated. A barium swallow or esophagoscopy will help diagnose this condition. Talk to your primary care or a gastroenterologist. ...Read more