Barrett's Esophagus is a serious complication of prolonged and persistent acid reflux disease in which cells in the lower esophagus begin to mutate and become precancerous. Barrett's Esophagus occurs in about 10 percent of acid reflux patients and is one of the most rapidly growing causes of esophageal cancer in North America. To date, no treatment can reverse the cellular damage done by Barrett's Esophagus.
I was a long-time sufferer with heartburn and was diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus a few years ago. While my symptoms have been under control, I worry about esophageal cancer. Do any drugs prevent the development of esophageal cancer in patients with Barrett's esophagus? It has long been felt that medications could not prevent the…