How to Treat Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the esophagus forms new types of cells on its surface, causes no symptoms -- but it may turn into a rare but deadly form of esophageal cancer. A primary part of treating Barrett's esophagus is watching and screening for early signs of cancer.
There is no cure for Barrett's esophagus, short of surgical removal of the esophagus. However, this is a serious operation that is not usually recommended except in people with a high risk for developing esophageal cancer or who already have it.
Some treatment options for Barrett's esophagus may include medication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other GERD treatments, surveillance, and surgery. The type of treatment recommended will depend, in part, on what is found during routine biopsies of the esophagus.
(Click Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus for more information on how to treat this condition, including a detailed description of each options and an explanation of the importance of screening for esophageal cancer.)