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BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS

ANCHOR LEAD: A PRECANCEROUS CONDITION CALLED BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS CAN BE EFFECTIVELY TREATED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People who have chronic heartburn also need to worry about a condition called Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous change in the esophagus that’s the result of long term exposure to stomach contents, and that also goes on to develop into frank cancer.  Now a new technique to treat Barrett’s may help.  Bill Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, comments.

NELSON:  The real worry about Barrett’s esophagus is that many people who suffer with Barrett’s esophagus go on to get esophageal cancer, a devastating cancer that’s difficult to treat.  What was reported in the New England journal was very promising early results on attempts to use radiofrequency ablation, sort of a zapping of the cancer with a local kind of therapy, to kill off the Barrett’s and amazingly enough, slow or stop cancers from arising.            :25

Longer term follow up is needed, but Nelson says early results are quite promising.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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