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Acid Reflux

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#1 whirlway


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Posted 22 October 2006 - 02:27 PM

I know a lot of you out there have acid reflux, so I have some questions. I just got a note about my brother-in-law, who has acid reflux. It seems as though the reflux has caused a tumor in his esophagus, which turned out to be cancerous. I didn't know reflux could cause a tumor. Has anyone had this happen and if so, what was done about the situation? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 09:51 PM

Hi Whirlaway. I'm very sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. My specialist warned me from the very beginning that the acid reflux I had could cause problems to my esophagus, including cancer. So he prescribed a drug called Omeprazole, which I take just after dinner no later than 6pm. I really hope your b-i-l was also prescribed something when the symptoms of reflux arose. Sorry I don't have an answer to help, but hopefully he will be in good hands.
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 01:54 AM

Hi Whirlway,

I am sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Often times acid reflux can lead to a condition called Barrett's Esophagus which can result in cancer. Here is a link from our Sclero A to Z website that gives some information about it:

Barrett's Esophagus

You may find the following article on that page of particular interest:

Heartburn Cancer

I hope you find this helpful.

Warm wishes,

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 02:12 AM

This is a hard post to reply to as I also have esophageal problems. I was told years ago that my esophagitis could become cancerous ( Barrett's oesophagus) which gave me even more sleepless nights.
Steve is right about the medication Omeprazole. I take Lanzoprazole which is just the same kind of drug, an acid suppressant and if taken regular it can reduce the risk.
I'm sorry to hear of your concerns but I'm sure there will be many here who will empathise with you on this one.

Take care
Love and Hugs
Barbs xxx

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 02:19 AM

Hi whirlaway,
I too am so sorry to hear about your brother inlaw. I too have reflux and I have had it for years. A few years back I was diagnosed with Barrett's esophogus and was warned about cancer. I have had ulcers in my esophogus due to the reflux. Hopefully he is on medications that will reduce the reflux and that the doctors will be able to take good care of him and his cancer.

My heart goes out to you and your family.

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 02:57 AM

I'd like the join the others in sending my best wishes for your brother-in-law. The "C" word is always hard. but with the remarkable treatments and procedures today the chances of a sustanible quality of life and even a total remission are a lot higher. Heidi provided a couple of great links. I hope you pass them on.
Please keep us informed on your brother-in-law's condition. He'll be in our thoughts.
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Posted 24 October 2006 - 05:45 PM

Sorry to hear problems with your brother-in-law. I had severe acid reflux, which resulted in acid back flowing to esophagus and lungs resulting in severe cough. Now, my acid is well under control, but still having problem with fluid from stomach going into esophagus and lung.

I have appointment day after tomorrow to discuss surgical option.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 10:30 PM

Keep us informed on your options. Let us know what you decide and what medical procedures are the current course of action. Thinking about you and hoping all can be fixed to your satisfaction. Sheryl
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