Reflux Disease (GERD), Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophagus Cancer: A Guide for Patients

Find out how Heartburn can cause Cancer – and what you can do to prevent Esophageal Cancer.

Created with the participation of more than 100 doctors from around the nation.

Available in English and Spanish.

Talk to your doctor about your concerns if:

  • You have more than occasional heartburn symptoms

  • You have experienced heartburn in the past, but the symptoms have gone away

  • You have any pain or difficulty swallowing

  • You have a family history of Barrett’s Esophagus or Esophageal Cancer

  • You have a persistent, unexplained cough

  • You have been speaking with a hoarse voice over several weeks

  • You have a persistent, unexplained sore throat

  • You cough or choke when you lie down

ECAN’s Patient Guide Update Sponsored by:

Contributions and Reviews

Albert J. Aboulafia MD, FACS, MBA
Orthopedic Oncology
Baltimore, MD

F. Scott Corbett, MD
Gastroenterology, Barrett’s Esophagus, Esophageal Cancer
Sarasota, FL
Florida Digestive Health Specialists

Gary W. Falk, MD, MS
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Perlman School of Medicine

Scott Feeser, MD
Internal Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Gloria Fernández-Esparrach MD, PhD
Barcelona, Spain
Clinic Barcelona Hospital Universitari

Arlene A. Forastiere, MD
Baltimore, MD

Bruce D. Greenwald, MD
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Baltimore, MD
University of Maryland Medical Center

Robert Herman, MD
Great Neck, NY

Karthic Kumaran, MD
New Port News, VA

Philip O. Katz, MD
Philadelphia, PA
Einstein HealhcareNetwork

Brian E. Louie
Thoracic Surgery
Seattle, WA
Swedish Medical Center and Cancer Institute

Nirmala Shanmugam, MD
Gastroenterology/Acid Reflux Disease
Atlantis, FL
SFGA Gastroenterology Associates, P.A.

Chris C. Smith, MD
General Surgeon
Albany, GA

Matthew Steliga, MD
Thoracic Surgery
Little Rock, AR
University of Arkansas For Medical Sciences

Lori W Wagner, MD, MA, FACP
Internal Medicine
Louisville, KY
University of Louisville General Internal Medicine, Palliative Medicine and Medical Education

Stephen C. Yang, MD
Thoracic Surgery
Baltimore, MD
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Sai Yendamuri MD, FACS
Thoracic Surgery
Buffalo, NY

Alvin Zfass, MD
Barrett’s Management and Eradication
Richmond, VA

Dr. Julian Abrams
New York, NY

Dr. Shahida Ahmed
Edison, NJ

Dr. Aydamir Alrakawi
Gastroenterology/Billiary Proceures
Manchester, NH

Dr. Amitabh Chak
Cleveland, OH
University Hospitals

Dr. Subrato Deb
Thoracic Surgeon Oncology
Cumberland, MD

Dr. James DeGerome
Lantana, FL

Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pocatello, ID
Portneuf Medical Center

Dr. Joseph Fayad
Henderson, NV
Desert Gastroenterology Associates

Dr. Mary Garren
Monterey, CA

Dr. Seth Gross
New York, NY

Dr. Connie Hutton
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Province, TX
Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Dr. Yuki Igari
Manchester, NH

Dr. Anthony Infantolino
Philadelphia, PA
Jefferson Hospital

Dr. Daniela Jodorkovsky
Valhalla, NY

Dr. Michael Kaczanowski
Manchester, NH

Dr. Mazzen Kattih
Brandon, FL
Mazzen Kattih MD GI Practice

Dr. Myles Keroack
Medical Director
Manchester, NH

Dr. Vani Konda
Gastroenterology, Esophageal Diseases
Chicago, IL
University of Chicago Medicine

Dr. Edward Lebovics
Valhalla, NY

Dr. Taine Pechet
Thoracic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Health System

Dr. Bennet Roth
Los Angeles, CA

Gilbert Simoni
GI/GERD/Antireflux Treatments
Thousand Oaks, CA
Advanced GI Inc.

Dr. Wilson Tsai
Esophageal Cancer
Walnut Creek, CA
John Muir Health

Dr. Patrick Yachimski
Nashville, TN