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Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Possible to get esophageal cancer from bulimia if barrett esophagus also?

Yes.: If you have barrett's esophagus, you are at risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. This accounts for 15% of esophageal cancers, and is usually in the distal 1/3 of the esophagus. It would be wise for you to see your doctor to closely follow this. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without ever having barretts esophagus?

Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without ever having barretts esophagus?

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 more

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Does barrett's esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus?

Does barrett's esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus?

It can: Barrett's esophagus increases the risk for developing adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Patients with barrett's esophagus should be in an endoscopic surveillance program. ...Read more

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I have barrett's esophagus, do I have a greater risk for cancer

I have barrett's esophagus, do I have a greater risk for cancer

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

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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?

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?

Yes it is life time: Development of Cancer in a Barrett's Esophagus is quite uncommon. So it is not worth worrying too much about it. But a biopsy is necessary to determine the degree of dysplasia ( pathological changes) ...Read more

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My dad has Barrett's esophagus with low grade dysplasis- how common is this and how often does this turn into cancer?

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

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Can you tell me about esophagus cancer?

Can you tell me about esophagus cancer?

Your question: ..Is important but too broad to properly answer here. I would suggest you log in to the american cancer society and the national cancer institute websites (cancer.Org and cancer.Net). ...Read more

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Can bulemics get cancer of the esophagus.?

Can bulemics get cancer of the esophagus.?

Reflux: Smoking and alcohol excess are risks for esophageal cancer. Bulemia, induced vomiting, is not an identified risk. ...Read more

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Cancer of the esophagus is it a slow or fast grower?

Cancer of the esophagus is it a slow or fast grower?

Depends: The exact type of malignancy in your esophagus helps to project the rate of growth. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of getting cancer of the esophagus?

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

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Do you know anyone who has survived cancer of the esophagus?

Do you know anyone who has survived cancer of the esophagus?

Yes: Like most cancers if they are discovered early they can be cured. ...Read more

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I think i may have cancer of the esophagus. How do I get it checked?

I think i may have cancer of the esophagus. How do I get it checked?

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

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Is cancer of the esophagus bad? You need your esophagus to eat and live, right?

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 more

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What can be expected with a diagnosis of cancer of the esophagus? They cut the whole thing out?

What can be expected with a diagnosis of cancer of the esophagus? They cut the whole thing out?

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
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http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/treatment. ...Read more

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Can barretts esophagus lead to cancer of esophagus?

Can barretts esophagus lead to cancer of esophagus?

Yes if untreated: If untreated barrett's ulcer of of esophagus , will tranforms to cancer , as already there is mucosal change ( sqamous metaplasia ) , there is high incidence of malignency and need close observation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about barretts esophagus and cancer?

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

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Is it possible that barretts esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus.?

Is it possible that barretts esophagus lead to cancer of the esophagus.?

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

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Is there a connection between barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer?

Is there a connection between barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer?

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

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If I have barrett's esophagus, does this mean i'm going to develop esophageal cancer?

If I have barrett's esophagus, does this mean i'm going to develop esophageal cancer?

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

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Could teens get esophagus cancer?

Could teens get esophagus cancer?

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

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Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

Can bulimia cause cancer in the esophagus?

Can contribute: The "purging" of bulimia can result in chronic injury and fibrosis to the esophagus and sphincter going into the stomach, and with enough damage and reinjury from the stomach acid from vomiting, that can result in barrett's esophagitis and potentially cancer. ...Read more

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Suspect one year of untreated LRP(silent reflux), now worried about esophagus cancer? What are the chances?

Suspect one year of untreated LRP(silent reflux), now worried about esophagus cancer? What are the chances?

Observation: and treatment of the reflux is mandatory. I suggest a consultation with a GI expert for evaluation and possible upper endoscopy of the esophagus and stomach ...Read more

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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?

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

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S i've been feeling like food is getting stuck in my esophagus. I am panicking that it is esophageal cancer. Is this likely?

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

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Had an egd & was told I have barrett's esophagus & they took a biopsy. What are the odds of it being cancerous? I've seen less than 1% develop cancer

Had an egd & was told I have barrett's esophagus & they took a biopsy. What are the odds of it being cancerous? I've seen less than 1% develop cancer

Very low.: Barrett's esophagus can rarely progress to cancer if the underlying cause which is usually chronic reflux is not addressed. Should discuss with your physician after biopsy results are in on the plan to manage. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Samach
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