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Esophageal & Gastric (stomach) Cancer Program

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.

*Shared medical directorship of the Radiation Oncology Center

  • Sarah Johnson, MSW, LICSW
    612-863-1704

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.

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.