Endoscopists Missing Cancer in Patients with Barrett’s Esophagus

Recorded August 30, 2023

A new study shows that 25% of patients newly diagnosed with Esophageal Adenocarcinoma had been told that the upper endoscopy they had in the year before their diagnosis was of no concern.

In this webinar, we learn about the research with study authors Dr. Sachin Wani, Professor of Medicine and Executive Director, Katy O and Paul M Rady Esophageal and Gastric Center of Excellence, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Co-Director of the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Research Center (NC TraCS). We learn what patients need to understand about quality endoscopy and the questions they should ask their doctors before undergoing their upper endoscopy to look for potential Esophageal Cancer or Barrett’s Esophagus.

Free Clinical Trials Matching Service
A Partnership between ECAN and Massive Bio

Recorded July 25, 2023

Clinical Trials may offer Esophageal Cancer patients with the best opportunity for effective treatment by providing new therapies not yet available to the public. But the process of understanding which clinical trials would be best for a patient and those for which they may qualify can be complicated and confusing. That is why ECAN has partnered with Massive Bio to provide a free, personalized Clinical Trial Matching Service for patients diagnosed with Esophageal, Gastroesophageal, and GE Junction Cancer.

In this webinar, you will learn more about Clinical Trials and the new, free, AI-driven Matching Service that ECAN and Massive Bio offer. Dr. Arturo Loaiza- Bonilla, Massive Bio’s Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer provides insight into the way clinical trials work and explains how our free Clinical Trial Matching Service might help you or someone you love.

Clinical Trials in Barrett’s Esophagus:
The SWAT-BE and SURVENT trials

Recorded April 25, 2023

Barrett’s Esophagus is the only known precursor of the most prevalent type of Esophageal Cancer in the US and other Western nations. Detection and treatment of this condition are key to preventing Esophageal Cancer. The only way to make progress in detecting and treating this disease is through research. During this webinar, we learn about two important clinical trials designed to improve the detection and treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus.  The program is presented by Dr. Sachin Wani, Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with commentary by Dr. Nicholas Shaheen, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Univerity of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Dr. Rhonda Souza, Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Diseases and Co-Director of the Center for Esophageal Research at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and The Baylor, Scott and White Research Institute.

Resources & Support for Patients
including Access to Immunotherapy

Recorded December 6, 2022

Learn about the assistance that is available to cancer patients to make sure they get access to the best treatment available by gaining insurance coverage – or access when they don’t have insurance. Kimberly Martin, Associate Director of Reimbursement Operations at Bristol-Myers Squibb provides insight into expediting approvals, reducing out-of-pocket costs, and resources for uninsured patients, too.  She shares information about how you can find the best insurance plan for your personal situation.

Ms. Martin also provides information about a wealth of resources that are available to patients and caregivers that may help them through the cancer journey, including financial help for basics, transportation, and other benefits that are often hard to find.

How Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer Can Run in Families

Recorded June 18, 2021

Learn how Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer Can Run in Families.  Amitabh Chak, MD is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.  He is regarded as the research leader in Familial Links in Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma and he shared the history of this research and his latest findings in the webinar.

Dr. Chak is a leader of the Cancer Genomics Program of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Digestive Health Research Institute.  He has been a Principal Investigator for research funded by BETRNet (Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network) of the National Cancer Institute. He is also a leader of the Advanced Technology and Innovation Center of University Hospitals at Cleveland Medical Center and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Gastroenterology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

Clinical Trial: PANGEA (Personalized ANtibodies for GastroEsophageal Adenocarcinoma) 

Recorded May 17, 2021

A Different Approach to Clinical Trials with Personalization Throughout.  Daniel Catenacci, MD was the Director of the Interdisciplinary Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Lead Investigator of the groundbreaking PANGEA (Personalized ANtibodies for GastroEsophageal Adenocarcinoma) study.  In this webinar, he explains his approach to this clinical trial and the outcomes that benefitted patients.  PANGEA provided patients with Advanced Esophageal Adenocarcinoma chemotherapy along with a targeted therapy chosen specifically for each patient based upon the genetics of their tumor and metastasis and adjusted the treatment provided based on new information gathered after the patients’ cancer progressed. Dr. Catenacci explains the strategy and outcomes of the study and answers questions from audience members. He also explores what his findings mean for the future of treatment for patients with Esophageal Cancer.

Deep Dive into Personalized Medicine in Esophageal Cancer

Recorded April 17, 2021

Learn about the Research that Supports First-Line Immunotherapy for Patients with Esophageal Cancer from the Distinguished Panel we have invited to share their experience, including Lead Investigators of those studies: Manish A. Shah, MD, Director, Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York (Researcher on the study that led to the approval of Keytruda as a first-line therapy for patients with advanced Esophageal Cancer in combination chemotherapy), Yelena Y. Janjigian, MD, Chief, Gastrointestinal Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York (Lead Researcher on the Checkmate-649 study that led to the FDA approval of Opdivo in combination with chemotherapy for patients with advanced gastroesophageal cancer), and Ronan J. Kelly, MD, MBA, Chief of Oncology for the 10 Baylor Scott & White Health’s North Texas Cancer Centers, Dallas, Texas (Lead Investigator of Checkmate-577, the large clinical trial that led to a change in the NCCN guidelines for patients who have undergone esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer after chemoradiation but did not achieve a pathologic complete response.)

TRACK: Target -> Rare -> Cancer -> Knowledge

Recorded January 7, 2021

Join Jim Palma, Executive Director of the Target Cancer Foundation, to learn about TRACK, an innovative program for patients with rare cancers like Esophageal Cancer that allows patients to enroll from home and receivepersonalized, actionable genomic information about their cancer along with recommendations for on-label, off-label or clinical trial options that could inform their treatment plan. We’ll share all the details of this program and answer your questions!

A Pill-on-a-String Catches Esophageal Cancer Before it Starts

Recorded October 22, 2020

Join Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald, Co-Leader of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institue Early Detection Programme and head of her own research lab where she developed the CytoSponge, a swallowable pill-sized capsule that can quickly detect Barrett’s Esophagus – without the sedation, risk, and cost that came with endoscopy. We’ll discuss her latest study that showed the CytoSponge increased detection of Barrett’s Esophagus ten-fold when compared to standard primary care.

Catching Esophageal Cancer Before It Starts

Recorded September 17th, 2020

Join Dr. Lishan Aklog, Co-Founder and CEO of PAVmed, the parent company of Lucid Diagnostics, maker of the new EsoGuard DNA test and EsoCheck device that can quickly and easily detect Barrett’s Esophagus – without barriers like sedation, risk, and cost that come with endoscopy. He’ll discuss the new landscape for early detection of Esophageal Cancer and explain how the EsoCheck works!

Esophageal Cancer and Its Impact on Mental Health

Recorded September 10th, 2020

Join Dr. Daniela MolenaDirector of the Esophageal Surgery program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and Dr. Rebecca Carr, MSKCC Research Fellow. They’ll discuss issues like anxiety, depression, and stress faced by patients whose worlds are dramatically changed by a diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer.

What Causes Barrett’s Esophagus – Seeking a Path to Prevent Esophageal Cancer

Recorded August 6th, 2020

Join us for a Live Webinar with Dr. Stuart Spechler and Dr. Rhonda Souza, Co-Directors of the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute’s Center for Esophageal Research in Dallas, Texas.
They’ll share their recent, surprising discoveries about the mechanism causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to lead to Barrett’s Esophagus, why Barrett’s Esophagus re-occurs, and how their discoveries that may lead to new treatments to prevent Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer.

Nutrition and Esophageal Cancer

Recorded July 30, 2020

Join Oncology Dietitian Marissa Buchan, MS, RD, CSO, of Savor Health® to learn about nutrition strategies for Esophageal Cancer patients. We will also introduce a new opportunity for ECAN supporters: the Intelligent Nutrition Assistant: Ina®. ECAN has partnered with Savor Health® to bring personalized nutrition support to help those diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer eat healthily and stay well-nourished throughout treatment and beyond. We welcome your questions about nutrition in EC and about how Ina® might help you!

What Causes Barrett’s Esophagus to Become Esophageal Cancer?

Recorded June 23, 2020

Join Dr. Matthew Stachler, Principle Investigator and Molecular Genetic Pathologist at the University of California, San Francisco. We’ll discuss the latest discoveries about why Barrett’s becomes Cancer and the implications for prevention, early detection, and more effective treatment – and hopefully, answer your questions.

Immunotherapy in Esophageal Cancer

Recorded May 11, 2020

Join Dr. Daniel Catenacci, Director of the Interdisciplinary Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. We’ll discuss immunotherapy in Esophageal Cancer and what may be possible in the future – and hopefully answer your questions.

Addressing GERD without Pills: Durable Approaches to Acid Reflux

Recorded April 30, 2020

Join ECAN’s Board Chair Dr. John C. Lipham, the Director of the Hoag-USC Foregut Cancer Program at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, for a look at surgical approaches to reflux including fundoplication, LINX, and other newer approaches designed to produce a long-term impact on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Preventing Esophageal Cancer: Diagnosing and Treating Barrett’s Esophagus

Recorded April 28, 2020

ECAN Board Member Dr. Sri Komanduri, Medical Director, GI Lab, Director of Interventional Endoscopy, Northwestern University, Chicago discusses the latest methods for the diagnosis and treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus.

The Latest in Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

Recorded April 24, 2020

Dr. A. Craig Lockhart, Chief of Medical Oncology, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL, and Dr. Sarbajit Muhkerjee, Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY, both members of the ECAN Board of Directors, provide an overview of the latest treatment options available for patients diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer – and answer questions from ECAN President and CEO Mindy Mintz Mordecai and ECAN supporters.

Surgery & Survival in Esophageal Cancer

Recorded April 22, 2020

Dr. Stephen Yang, The Arthur B. and Patricia B. Modell Professor in Thoracic Surgery and medical oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine and a founding Board member of the Esophageal Cancer Action Network joins ECAN CEO Mindy Mintz Mordecai for a look at Surgery and Survival in Esophageal Cancer. Dr. Yang provides an overview of the latest techniques for Esophageal Cancer surgery and answers participants’ questions.

Barrett’s Esophagus & Esophageal Adenocarcinoma can run in Families

Recorded April 21, 2020

Dr. Amitabh Chak of Case Western Reserve, the leading authority on Familial Links in Barrett’s and EAC, joins ECAN President and CEO Mindy Mintz Mordecai for a look at what the research shows and where he hopes the research will take us in the future.

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