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2011-12-20 18:23:59

Obesity doubles the risk of cancer recurrence and cancer-related death in patients with esophageal cancer who have been treated with surgery, researchers at Mayo Clinic found. Their 778-patient study, which appeared in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (http://jco.ascopubs.org/), found that five-year survival in obese patients -- those with a body mass index of 30 or higher -- with esophageal cancer was 18 percent, compared to 36 percent in patients of normal weight. The...

2011-03-09 23:01:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BARRX Medical, Inc., a leader in developing minimally invasive medical devices to remove precancerous tissue from the gastrointestinal tract, reported today that the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has issued the AGA Medical Position Statement on the Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus. The guideline recommends removal of precancerous cells in patients with confirmed high-grade Barrett's esophagus utilizing endoscopic eradication...

2011-03-01 13:34:16

New guidelines developed to address major clinical issues encountered in the treatment of Barrett's esophagus Endoscopic removal of pre-cancerous cells in patients with confirmed, high-risk Barrett's esophagus is recommended rather than surveillance, according to a new "Medical Position Statement on the Management of Barrett's Esophagus," published by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. The medical position statement was published in Gastroenterology, the official...

2010-04-09 09:51:47

Esophagectomy is a standard treatment for resectable esophageal carcinoma but relatively few patients are cured. Combined neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) or adjuvant CRT with surgery may improve survival but there is concern about treatment morbidity and the best sequencing of CRT and surgery. A research team from China used a prospective study, based on randomized controlled trial design, to compare preoperative and postoperative CRT to surgery alone in patients with resectable...

2009-09-07 08:27:49

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that early stage cancers of the esophagus can be treated effectively by organ-sparing endoscopic therapy, thereby avoiding the surgical removal of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer arising from Barrett's esophagus is increasing faster than any other cancer in the United States. About 10 percent of patients with chronic acid reflux develop the tissue changes characteristic of Barrett's esophagus, which can lead to cancer. The tumor is lethal. Ninety...

2009-04-16 07:55:29

Nonsurgical therapy for underdiagnosed, rare and deadly diseaseGastroenterologists at Rush University Medical Center are studying the safety and efficacy of a new system for delivering chemotherapy for patients with esophageal cancer, a rare, but deadly disease that attacks the throat. The unique drug therapy delivers a highly concentrated dose of chemotherapy injected directly on to the hard-to-reach tumors in the esophagus non-surgically. Researchers at Rush are trying to determine if the...

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2009-04-11 10:32:52

New research from Trinity College Dublin published in this month's Annals of Surgery points to a potentially significant advance in the treatment of patients undergoing major cancer surgery. The study was carried out by the esophageal research group at Trinity College Dublin and St James's Hospital. A randomized controlled trial showed omega-3 fatty acids given as part of an oral nutritional supplement resulted in the preservation of muscle mass in patients undergoing surgery for esophageal...

2008-10-19 21:00:18

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- BARRX Medical, Inc. today announced clinical trial results presented at the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW) in Vienna, Austria, October 18-22, 2008. In a plenary presentation entitled, "Stepwise circumferential and focal radiofrequency energy ablation of Barrett's esophagus with early neoplasia: First European Multi-centre trial" patients with the most advanced stages of Barrett's esophagus, dysplasia and early cancer, were staged with...


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