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Questions To Ask Your Doctor

If you have been diagnosed with gastrointestinal acid reflux disease, or GERD, it is essential that you find out as much as possible about it and how it can cause Barrett's esophagus which can lead to cancer.

If you have been diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus, it is essential that you find out as much as possible about it and how dysplasia can develop in your esophagus, which can lead to cancer.

The following list of questions to ask your doctor may help you better understand your condition, how to get an accurate diagnosis, the endoscopic examination and biopsy, and treatment options.

  1. How do I know if I should be tested for Barrett's Esophagus?
  2. Do I need to be tested for Barrett's Esophagus if my GERD is under control?
  3. How is one tested for Barrett's Esophagus?
  4. What should I expect during the procedure?
  5. Are biopsies necessary and if so, how are they performed?
  6. What is dysplasia?
  7. How effective are the tests?
  8. How can the tests be enhanced?
  9. When will I get my results?
  10. If Barrett's Esophagus is diagnosed, how will it be treated?
  11. How effective is the treatment?
  12. If I do have my Barrett's Esophagus treated, what is the possibility that the condition will return?
  13. If I do have my Barrett's Esophagus treated, how will the physician know if the treatment worked well?
  14. If I have Barrett's Esophagus, how often will I need to be checked for dysplasia?
  15. What is the potential for Barrett's Esophagus turning into esophageal cancer?
  16. Am I at risk for esophageal cancer?
  17. What are the treatments for esophageal cancer?
  18. What are the outcomes for the treatment of esophageal cancer?