Treating Barrett’s Esophagus Can Lower The Risk of Esophageal Cancer
Researchers at the Northwestern Medicine Center for Esophageal Disease, Chicago have suggested that an early treatment of the condition Barretts’ esophagus using radio frequency ablation can lower the risk of esophageal cancer substantially. Barrett’s esophagus is a condition where the lining of the esophagus (tube connecting the throat to the stomach) gets damaged because of stomach acid.
People who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) have their stomach acid kicked back into the esophagus which can deplete its lining and lead to Barrett’s esophagus. The damage caused to the esophagus can prompt the transformation of healthy cells into precancerous cells which would eventually lead to esophageal cancer. Radio frequency ablation can eliminate these precancerous cells effectively and thus prevent the occurrence of cancer.
Almost 2 million Americans are known to suffer from esophageal cancer. Unfortunately, the development of precancerous cells remains hidden until very late.