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Medical treatment of Barrett's esophagus: can it prevent cancer?

Arizona Health Sciences Center, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, 3601 S 6th Avenue (111G-1), Tucson, AZ 85723, USA.
Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 1.22). 08/2009; 18(3):503-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.soc.2009.03.006
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ABSTRACT The challenge of the title of this article is attention getting. How can medical therapy prevent cancer if anti-reflux surgery cannot prevent the neoplastic progression of Barrett's esophagus? Can anything short of esophagectomy prevent cancer? In the face of the increasing incidence of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus into the twenty-first century, the medical therapy of Barrett's esophagus and its potential role in preventing cancer are explored.

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