Early treatment may stave off esophageal cancer
Zapping precancerous tissue reduces number of people who get disease, study finds
By Nathan Seppa, 16:03 PM March 25, 2014
People who have abnormal cell growth in the esophagus due to damage from acid reflux might benefit from a searing of the esophageal lining. Researchers find that promptly zapping aberrant tissue with a technique called radiofrequency ablation could forestall many cases from progressing to esophageal cancer.
Heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, can lead to changes in the tissues of the lower esophagus, a condition called Barrett’s esophagus. Doctors monitor Barrett’s patients because...
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