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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