At City of Hope’s Division of Gastroenterology, addressing Barrett’s esophagus is an area of strength. In this condition, abnormal cells arise at the lower end of the lining of the esophagus. This irregular tissue is similar to what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract, in the stomach lining.
If left untreated, Barrett’s esophagus may lead to esophageal adenocarcinoma, a cancer of glandular cells that tends to spread to other parts of the body. While the cause of Barrett’s esophagus is unknown, there is an increased risk for those with gastroesophageal reflux disease — an illness that causes severe and regular heartburn.
City of Hope offers advanced endoscopic procedures that are important for diagnosing and treating Barrett’s esophagus.