Liquid nitrogen spray cryotherapy for dysphagia palliation in patients with inoperable esophageal cancer

Post written by Toufic Kachaamy, MD, from the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. Dysphagia palliation in non-operable esophageal cancer patients is dependent on local expertise with no clear modality favored over others. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines considers multiple modalities such as stenting, external beam radiation, brachytherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, …

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Outcomes after liquid nitrogen spray cryotherapy in Barrett’s esophagus

Post written by Fariha H. Ramay, MD, MBA, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Barrett's esophagus (BE) is a known precursor to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and once high-grade dysplasia has developed, the risk of progression to EAC is considerable.  The emergence of endoscopic …

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Salvage cryotherapy after failed radiofrequency ablation

Neil Sengupta, MD, from the Department of Medicine and Division of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA describes this Original Article, "Salvage cryotherapy after failed radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s esophagus–related dysplasia is safe and effective." Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an effective and durable treatment option for patients with …

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Editor’s Choice- John Vargo

Associate Editor, John Vargo, MD, MPH, recommends the article "Liquid nitrogen spray cryotherapy in Barrett's esophagus with high-grade dysplasia: long-term results" by Sonia Gosain, MD, Kim Mercer, RN, William S. Twaddell, MD, Lance Uradomo, MD, MPH, Bruce D. Greenwald, MD from the August issue. This article gives us a clearer glimpse as to the safety and efficacy of cryotherapy in …

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