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Our patients benefit from a network of stomach and esophageal services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Esophageal & Gastric (stomach) Cancer Program
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A program of:
Our care team
The Esophageal & Gastric Cancer Program's care team is comprised of a nurse coordinator, medical and surgical specialists, nurses, researchers and support staff who have a special interest and training in esophageal and gastric disorders.
These physician specialists participate in monthly treatment planning conferences to review recent cases to improve the consistency and quality of care.
Julie Morphew, RN
A proactive approach to barrett's esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is a condition that occurs as a result of chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It is a precancerous condition that, left untreated, may lead to a dangerous type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma.
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which food or liquid travels backwards from the stomach to the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.
Barrett's esophagus is a gastrointestinal disorder in which the lining of the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) is damaged by stomach acid that leaks backward.
Specialists at Abbott Northwestern proactively treat Barrett's esophagus with radio-frequency ablation before it progresses to cancer. Through the use of energy to heat and destroy Barrett's cells, the thin layer of diseased esophageal tissue can be removed, allowing the growth of healthy cells.