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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
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
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?
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
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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