Medical Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus: Can It Prevent Cancer?

ArticleinSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America 18(3):503-8 · August 2009with3 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.81 · DOI: 10.1016/j.soc.2009.03.006 · Source: PubMed

    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.