Managing Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which normal cells that line the esophagus, called squamous cells, turn a different cell type called specialized columnar cells. Damage to the lining of the esophagus from gastroesophageal reflux disease causes the cells to change. Less than 1 percent of people with this condition develop cancer of the esophagus. However, having Barrett's esophagus may increase the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Did you know?

  • Approximately 10% of patients with chronic reflux have Barrett’s esophagus, and the prevalence of the condition in a recent population study was 1.6%. The condition is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. 
  • The incidence of esophageal cancer has increased by more than 400% since the 1970s.
  • The cancer remains highly lethal, with a 5-year survival rate of less than 15%.

Because of the reasons listed above, Beaumont is proud to offer the screening and treatment of Barrett's esophagus. We believe that prevention, screenings and early treatment will ultimately mean a longer, healthier life.

Whether you are currently a patient, have some symptoms of Barrett's esophagus and would like a screening or are a physician that would like to refer a patient, you can rest easy knowing that our expansive team of health care professionals will give you the analysis and knowledge you need.

Beaumont Team Approach to Barrett's Esophagus

Beaumont is proud to offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team approach to the screening and treating of patients with Barrett's esophagus. Comprised of a team of nurses, clinical navigators, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists and a dedicated pathologist, our program includes patient education, screening, evaluation and treatment when necessary. Currently, we are the only mutli-disciplinary Barrett's esophagus treatment team in Michigan.

Barrett's Esophagus Treatment

Using BÂRRX Medical technology, our treatment team will evaluate your present condition and see if you are a candidate for radiofrequency ablation. The treatment is done in an outpatient setting with the patient asleep. A catheter is inserted with the help of an endoscope and the diseased tissue is removed through the use of thermal energy. Further follow-up will be scheduled by your Beaumont physician. Learn more about our Barrett's esophagus treatment team.

Barrett's Esophagus Articles

Radiofrequency Ablation in Barrett's Esophagus with Dysplasia
The New England Journal of Medicine

Beaumont Treating Throat Condition
Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak and Troy are offering a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved, minimally invasive treatment for a potentially pre-cancerous throat condition that affects 3.3 million Americans.
Daily Tribune, May 5, 2009

Physician Referral

Call Beaumont's Physician Referral Service toll-free, 800-633-7377 to access our screening and treatment program.


Silent Cancers

The Dr. Oz Show featured an episode about silent cancers. Cancers that some symptoms are in fact present, but you need to be consciously aware and persistent in checking them out.

Read more about some of the warning signs for esophageal cancer here.