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.
Yes it can. Yes, it can develop into esophageal cancer -thus you will need to be followed up regularly with serial upper endoscopy and sample biopsy.

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

Yes. In fact, that is why we keep an eye on it, and biopsy it from time to time to be sure there are no very precancerous-lookng cells. Several percent of barretts' turn cancerous.
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.

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.

If barretts esophagus is precancerous how do they detect when it become cancer?

EGD. By doing biopsy while doing egd (scope you throat and stomach).
Upper endoscopy. Serial upper endoscopy is needed to follow up baretts esophagus as it can develop into esophageal cancer. If there is any significant change or growth on those serial egd- a biopsy will be done to confirm/ rule out cancer.

If barretts esophagus is a pre cancer condition?

Yes. People with barretts esophagus higher incidence of esophageal cancer.
Pre-Pre-Pre Cancer. Barretts esophagus is a change in the cells of the inner lining of the esophagus due to prolonged acid exposure from gerd (~10% of gerd pts). While there is a 40-50 fold increase in esophageal cancer in this group, the highest risk is in people with dysplasia: >75% of pts with high-grade dysplasia will develop ca over the next 10 yrs if left untreated. For all others, we watch closely.

I was told I had barretts esophagus and now its cancer. What is treatment?

Probably surgery. Barretts esophagus is a precursor to adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Treatment is chiefly with surgery. Curative resection is rarely possible, with <20% 5-year survival in patients with resectable tumors. Palliative measures include laser ablation, mechanical dilatation, radiotherapy, and luminal (phenobarbital) prosthesis to bypass the tumor. Gastrostomy and jejunostomy are done for nutritional support.
Depends on stage. For stage i-iia esophageal cancer, upfront therapy is surgery or esophagectomy. For stage iib or iii therapy is either chemoradiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iv, treatment is chemotherapy +/- irradiation.

I was diagnosed with barretts esophagus in 2009 no dysplaia in any of the biopsies, no so many years later, what is my risk of cancer and do I need f?

Barretts. Glad your biopsy was negative in 2009. Your annual risk is. 25 percent for esophageal cancer. There are various opinions on rechecking. Given you had changes It would be wise to recheck or atlest talk to Gastroeonterology about repeat endoscopy.
Yes. Need survillance EGD. Depends on management of your risk factor for Barrettes and al so your current EGD biopsy and your other risk factors like smoking, your endoscopist can give you an assessment of risk for cancer.

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

Let me explain. A particular enzyme is significantly higher in cancer cells that have been exposed to acid, leading to the overproduction of hydrogen peroxide, and offering a possible explanation for how acid reflux may lead to cancer of the esophagus, according to a recent study in the journal of biological chemistry.
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.

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

Possible. Majority of the cases metaplasia resulting in columnar epithelium is called the barrets oesophsgus resulting the cancer in it. Some times sqamous cell cancers of lower third esophagus cases has no barrets ulcer but has reflex oesophagitis but not attributed as cause of cancer.
Possible but unusual. Most likely lower esophageal adenocarcinoma is caused by gerd, which changes the lining of the lower esophagus into that of the stomach (barrett's) which is a precursor for adenocarcinoma. However, one could have squamous cell type without gerd. Best to review with your gastroenterologist.