Gastro Oesophageal Reflux disease – PDF

When acid from the stomach leaks up into the gullet (oesophagus), the condition is known as acid reflux. This may cause heartburn and other symptoms. A medicine which reduces the amount of acid made in your stomach is a common treatment and usually works well. Some people take short courses of medication when symptoms flare up. Some people need long-term daily medication to keep symptoms away. Read more >

Oesophagus videoBarrett's Oesophagus – PDF or Watch a Video
In Barrett's oesophagus the cells that line the lower gullet (oesophagus) are abnormal. The main cause is long-standing reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus. People with Barrett's oesophagus have an increased risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus. The risk is small. However, you may be advised to have regular endoscopies to detect precancerous changes to the cells in the oesophagus. If precancerous changes develop then treatment to remove or destroy the precancerous cells may be advised. Read more >


Oesophageal Cancer – PDF

Oesophageal cancer (cancer of the oesophagus) is uncommon in the UK. Most cases occur in people over the age of 55, although younger people are sometimes affected. Those diagnosed at an early stage have the best chance of a cure. The earliest symptom is often difficulty with swallowing (dysphagia). In general, the more advanced the cancer (the more it has grown and spread), the less chance that treatment will be curative. Most cases are diagnosed when the cancer is advanced. However, treatment can often slow the progress of the cancer or ease symptoms. Read more >