Barrett's Esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition. Barrett’s Esophagus occurs in almost a quarter of all patients suffering from chronic reflux (acid reflux). Those who develop Barrett's Esophagus may be experiencing some of the following symptoms:
- Nocturnal regurgitation that awakens the sleeper
- Difficulty swallowing solid foods
Patients with Barrett's esophagus have an increased risk of developing Esophageal Adenocarcinoma, the most rapidly increasing cancer in the United States .
Barrett's Esophagus is the most severe complication of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and can in many cases become adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. The incidence of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus due to Barrett's Esophagus and GERD is continuing to increase. The five year survival rate for esophagus cancer remains dismal. Current strategies for improved survival in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma focus on cancer detection at an early and potentially curable stage. In order to detect Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma early patients need to have regular screenings and if possible endoscopic surveillance if Barrett’s Esophagus has already been diagnosed.