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What are my options if my Barrett's esophagus has turned into cancer?

If your Barrett's esophagus has turned into cancer, your options for treatment depend on the cancer stage that your Barrett's esophagus is in. Ideally, since you're likely in a program, in a registry, and under medical surveillance, cancer will likely be caught early. In this case, you might have endoscopic treatment. You might have to undergo an endoscopic resection to get rid of that section of cancer, and doctors will strive to preserve your esophagus with endoscopic therapies. If your Barrett's esophagus has turned into late-stage cancer, your option is the removal of your esophagus and reconstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. There are ways to make that surgery less invasive, with camera surgery and with maintenance of the vagal nerve. Generally, once Barrett's esophagus has turned into cancer, patients are referred to esophageal surgeons because of the high risks involved.

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