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Father died (esophageal cancer, 1994), brother has Barrett's (4 years) and now I have Barrett's. Meds don't help much. Should I be worried?

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In brief: Close observation

Barrett's esophagus could lead to cancer.
you and your brother need to be very close observation with your GI specialist.you need regular screening upper endoscopy and frequent biopsies. you should ask for the surgical options,fundoplication is one of them,it will not reverse the Barrett's but it can stop the progression,as long as you do not have dysplasia or pre-cancer lesion,it should be good.

In brief: Close observation

Barrett's esophagus could lead to cancer.
you and your brother need to be very close observation with your GI specialist.you need regular screening upper endoscopy and frequent biopsies. you should ask for the surgical options,fundoplication is one of them,it will not reverse the Barrett's but it can stop the progression,as long as you do not have dysplasia or pre-cancer lesion,it should be good.
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Dr. Le Wang
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Should be monitored.

Barrett is the condition that predisposes to the cancer development in distal esophagus.
A regular surveillance endoscopy is recommend to obtain biopsy specimen from the suspected areas to rule out cancer or pre-cancer (dysplasia) development. You should see a GI doctor to establish such a surveillance. Further treatment will depend on the initial biopsy findings. Good luck.

In brief: Should be monitored.

Barrett is the condition that predisposes to the cancer development in distal esophagus.
A regular surveillance endoscopy is recommend to obtain biopsy specimen from the suspected areas to rule out cancer or pre-cancer (dysplasia) development. You should see a GI doctor to establish such a surveillance. Further treatment will depend on the initial biopsy findings. Good luck.
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang
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Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine

In brief: YES

Barretts turns into cancer about 1 out of 20 people.
Barrettes needs follow up endoscopy every 1 to 3 years depending on what the biopsies show This needs to followed by a GI specailist

In brief: YES

Barretts turns into cancer about 1 out of 20 people.
Barrettes needs follow up endoscopy every 1 to 3 years depending on what the biopsies show This needs to followed by a GI specailist
Dr. Frank Kuitems
Dr. Frank Kuitems
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