THE DIFFICULTY in treating cancer lies in its deadly ability to evolve. Picked up early, however, much can be done to avert death, so unusual changes to a body’s functioning should never be ignored. Acid reflux – a known precursor for oesophageal cancer – may present warning signs before turning cancerous, according to experts.
While a serious form of cancer, five-year survival rates have quadrupled over the last several decades. What’s key to these positive outcomes? Dr. Shanda Blackmon says early detection allows for minimally invasive treatments that can preserve the esophagus. Having a minimally invasive esophagectomy typically allows a patient to recover quicker with less pain than an open esophagectomy.