Esophagus is a food pipe which is used to pass all food and liquid items through your throat to stomach. Barrett’s Esophagus is a disorder in which the stomach acid damages the muscular tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. When a ring of muscles do not compress properly, the stomach acid can leak back into esophagus which is called gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This reflex damages the esophagus and results in Barrett’s Esophagus changing the appearance of the food pipe. This disorder affects men mostly rather than women. Because of Barrett’s Esophagus, frequent changes occur in esophagus lining leading to dysplasia. When dysplasia exists, there is a high possibility of getting cancer if timely treatment is not taken.
The changes that occur in esophagus can be reversed using several reversal techniques so that the chance of getting cancer can be reduced. You can reverse your Barrett’s by Multi Polar Electro Coagulation (MPEC), heater probe, Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC) and photodynamic laser treatments. MPEC and APC are the two techniques that use heat to destroy the damaged cells in esophagus. The statistics report that 75% of the patients could be cured using MPEC technique and 63% could be cured using APC. So all together 70% of esophageal cancer patients can be get cured from Barrett’s after two years of treatment by using these two techniques.
Nutrients Required for Healing
Esophagus can be stopped from leading to cancer by eating various nutritious foods. The healing nutrients include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and some soft foods. Vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants which kill the harmful substances that damage the cells. However tomatoes, fried vegetables, pineapple, orange should be avoided as these can aggravate your esophagus. Bread, Pasta, Rice and Cereal that are obtained from natural grains contain selenium that helps in healing esophagus. Also soft foods like oatmeal, applesauce, custard, pudding helps to heal esophagus.
Alleviate For Barrett’s Esophagus
Initially endoscopy is done by doctors in case of GERD symptoms and biopsy is done for Barrett’s diagnosis. Then the treatment for GERD is given by doing anti-reflex surgery but it won’t stop Barrett’s esophagus. When there is a high grade dysplasia, only surgery can eliminate the abnormal lining in esophagus. This harmful tissue in your esophagus may be cured by some of the latest treatments which includes Photodynamic therapy (PDT) which uses a special laser device called esophageal balloon along with a drug photofrin, Epithelial radiofrequency ablation (EFA) which uses radio frequency energy coil and involves endoscopy, Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) which again passes instruments during endoscope. Cure Barrett’s Esophagus by using these latest treatments with the help of endoscopic methods by passing various instruments through the mouth and can burst the damaging tissues.
Diagnosis and proper treatment for GERD may prevent Barrett’s Esophagus. The nutritious foods can prevent the dysplasia to develop further and thus helps to get rid of cancer. It is also expected to improve the treatments available to prevent Barrett’s Esophagus from getting worse.