Surgery to Prevent Esophageal Cancer
Acid reflux, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is not just an uncomfortable result of a greasy meal. Given enough time, some people with acid reflux may develop damage to their esophagus. And without treatment, enough damage can influence the tissue to become cancerous. While treatment for GERD or the precancerous condition known as Barrett's esophagus usually involves acid suppression with several medications, a new surgical device provides a permanent solution to treat advanced cases of heartburn. Ask your doctor about long term treatments for acid reflux. Formally known as ...
Cancer Patients Support Each Other Through Facebook Community
Talking to a doctor about cancer, its treatment and aftermath offers a detached point of view because the physician usually doesn't have first-hand knowledge. But interacting with fellow patients can be enormously helpful and supportive.
Esophagus Problems Are in the Genes
Barrett's esophagus happens when stomach acids damage the lining of the esophagus. Now, it seems that genes may also play a role in causing the disorder.
No Signs Doesn't Mean No Disease
If you have a health problem but no symptoms, you may not even know that you are sick. Some people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux disease, have this problem.
Your Heart's Not Really Burning
"I got heartburn during my second pregnancy," Marcy tells dailyRx.com. "It felt like fire in my throat. My doctor told me that the baby was pushing up on my stomach." Some years later, Marcy said it returned. "I quit smoking in 2006 and gained a lot of weight, and it kicked in for real - like every night or when I lay down - here it came. In the middle of the night, this vile bitter vomit would come up, wake me up and go into my nose. It was awful." What she's talking about is a serious form of heartburn.