I lived with Barrett's for a number of years. Every year I would get scoped to monitor the stomach and esophagus. I was not so lucky and was diagnosed in 1996 with esophageual cancer. In my case the cancer was isolated and had not spread. My surgery was done at the University of Chicago Medical and I'm so grateful for the team of doctors that saved my life. The surgery required removing my entire esophagus as the tumor was so high up. I'm glad to say that 13 years later I'm cancer free.
To everyone out there with this condition, take control of your health plan. Ask questions and see a doctor at yearly to have you condition checked and have a scope at least every 2 years.
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