• Gloria Washington Gloria Washington
    November 12, 2011
    was just diagnosed with Barrett reflux and was wondering if this condition will eventually turn into cancer and is there a cure.
    Gloria Washington Gloria Washington
    November 12, 2011
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  • robichris November 13, 2011
    robichris
    November 13, 2011

    Hi Gloria,

     

    Your Barrett's Oesophagus has been caused by prolonged acid reflux. It defines cellular changes made to the epithelium (lining) of the oesophagus. The chances of this developing to cancer are slight - between 0.5% and 1% per year.

     

    You will probably have been prescribed a Proton Pump Inhibitor (eg Omeprazole) to reduce your stomach acid. Diet and lifestyle changes will also help reduce acid refluxing. However, there is no cure as such.

     

    You will need to undergo regular surveillance endoscopy every couple of years to check it isn't developing into something worse. If it is going to progress it will go through various stages of "dysplasia" before reaching the cancer stage.

     

    If dysplasia is seen, you may have the Barrett's cells removed in various ways. Perhaps te best is HALO radio frequency ablation which you will find detailed on this website: www.curebarretts.com

     

    To find out more about Barrett's visit www.barrettscampaign.org.uk or ask questions on their on-line forum.

     

    All the best.

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