Esophageal Cancer News

New Standard of Care for Treatment of Resectable Gastric Cancer (October 3, 2017)

The superiority of docetaxel based triplet therapy over standard care in patients with resectable esophago-gastric cancer has been confirmed in late-breaking results from the FLOT4 trial presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid.1 Survival in resectable... Continue Reading

The US Food and Drug Administration has Expanded the Approval of the Precision Cancer Medicine Keytruda for Treatment of Gastric Cancer (September 25, 2017)

Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) is now indicated for patients with recurrent locally advanced or metastatic gastric or gastro-esophogeal junction adenocarcinoma. Patients eligible for keytruda therapy under this new indication must have PD-L1-expressing tumors,... Continue Reading

Proton Beam Therapy May Improve Outcomes for Esophageal Cancer (January 23, 2017)

Currently a standard treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers (GI) combines the use of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgical resection. Radiation may be part of the treatment strategy for select cancers of the esophagus, anus, rectum,... Continue Reading

Should HER2 Testing Be Routinely Performed in Patients with Gastric Cancer? (December 8, 2016)

The short answer is yes! New evidence-based guidelines for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) testing in advanced gastric and gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma (GEA) have been released jointly by the College of American Pathologists (CAP),... Continue Reading

It’s GERD Awareness Week–November 20th (November 20, 2016)

It’s that time of year again when there is a tendency to overindulge in a mélange of delicious foods. Although many people may only suffer discomfort from over eating, another group of people suffer from the far more troublesome and chronic disorder... Continue Reading

Another Study Confirms That Daily Aspirin Lowers Risk of Colorectal & Other GI Tract Cancers (May 9, 2016)

The regular use of aspirin significantly reduces the overall risk of cancer, especially colorectal and other gastrointestinal tract cancers, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology.1 The recent report supports the results of previous clinical... Continue Reading

Patients Rising, Launched to Fight for Access to Vital Therapies and Services for Patients with Life-Threatening Diseases (August 25, 2015)

Patient advocacy veterans Jonathan and Terry Wilcox today announced the launch of a new not-for-profit organization, Patients Rising. This patient advocacy organization will educate, advocate and communicate the importance of access to vital therapies... Continue Reading

Regular Screening of Barrett’s Esophagus Patients Improves Rate of Early Cancer Detection (May 12, 2015)

Patients with Barrett’s esophagus who undergo regular exams have an improved chance that precancerous changes and esophageal cancer will be detected early. These findings were published in the journal Gut. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition... Continue Reading

Cytosponge Offers Minimally Invasive Screening Option for Barrett’s Esophagus (March 26, 2015)

Screening for Barrett’s esophagus with a new device called a Cytosponge is accurate compared to endoscopy but less expensive and easier on patients. These findings were reported in the journal PLoS Medicine. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous... Continue Reading

AMG 337 MET Inhibitor Produces Impressive, Rapid Response in Gastric and Esophageal Cancers (February 12, 2015)

AMG 337 is a novel small-molecule MET inhibitor that appears to show promise in the treatment of MET-amplified gastroesophageal junction, gastric, and esophageal cancers. MET inhibitors are a class of small molecules that inhibit the enzymatic activity... Continue Reading

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Barrett's Esophagus Esophageal Cancer

Regular Screening of Barrett’s Esophagus Patients Improves Rate of Early Cancer Detection (May 12, 2015)

Patients with Barrett’s esophagus who undergo regular exams have an improved chance that precancerous changes and esophageal cancer will be detected early. These findings were published in the journal Gut. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition... Continue Reading

Radiofrequency Ablation in Barrett’s Esophagus May Prevent Esophageal Cancer (April 15, 2015)

Treatment of Barrett’s esophagus with radiofrequency ablation appears to keep the condition from progressing to esophageal cancer. These findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous... Continue Reading

Cytosponge Offers Minimally Invasive Screening Option for Barrett’s Esophagus (March 26, 2015)

Screening for Barrett’s esophagus with a new device called a Cytosponge is accurate compared to endoscopy but less expensive and easier on patients. These findings were reported in the journal PLoS Medicine. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous... Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Effective in Early Esophageal Cancer (December 4, 2013)

A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal is as effective as surgery that removes the entire esophagus, according to the results of a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Surgeon Volume Influences Outcomes in Esophageal Cancer (February 6, 2013)

Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer have a much higher chance of long-term survival if the surgeon has performed the operation many times before, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention Esophageal Cancer

It’s GERD Awareness Week–November 20th (November 20, 2016)

It’s that time of year again when there is a tendency to overindulge in a mélange of delicious foods. Although many people may only suffer discomfort from over eating, another group of people suffer from the far more troublesome and chronic disorder... Continue Reading

Regular Screening of Barrett’s Esophagus Patients Improves Rate of Early Cancer Detection (May 12, 2015)

Patients with Barrett’s esophagus who undergo regular exams have an improved chance that precancerous changes and esophageal cancer will be detected early. These findings were published in the journal Gut. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition... Continue Reading

Radiofrequency Ablation in Barrett’s Esophagus May Prevent Esophageal Cancer (April 15, 2015)

Treatment of Barrett’s esophagus with radiofrequency ablation appears to keep the condition from progressing to esophageal cancer. These findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Barrett’s esophagus is a pre-cancerous... Continue Reading

Scientific Review Suggests Aspirin Significantly Cuts Cancer Rates (August 18, 2014)

A recent review of several studies confirms that taking a small daily dose of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of developing – or dying from several kinds of cancer.(1) Several clinical studies have suggested that aspirin can reduce the risk... Continue Reading

Esophageal Cancer on the Rise (November 12, 2012)

The rate of esophageal cancer is on the rise worldwide, according to the results of a study published in GUT: An International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but the onset and magnitude of the increase varies among countries and even states. The... Continue Reading

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Stage IV/Recurrent Esophageal Cancer

Proton Beam Therapy May Improve Outcomes for Esophageal Cancer (January 23, 2017)

Currently a standard treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers (GI) combines the use of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgical resection. Radiation may be part of the treatment strategy for select cancers of the esophagus, anus, rectum,... Continue Reading

Patients Rising, Launched to Fight for Access to Vital Therapies and Services for Patients with Life-Threatening Diseases (August 25, 2015)

Patient advocacy veterans Jonathan and Terry Wilcox today announced the launch of a new not-for-profit organization, Patients Rising. This patient advocacy organization will educate, advocate and communicate the importance of access to vital therapies... Continue Reading

AMG 337 MET Inhibitor Produces Impressive, Rapid Response in Gastric and Esophageal Cancers (February 12, 2015)

AMG 337 is a novel small-molecule MET inhibitor that appears to show promise in the treatment of MET-amplified gastroesophageal junction, gastric, and esophageal cancers. MET inhibitors are a class of small molecules that inhibit the enzymatic activity... Continue Reading

Esophageal Cancer Survival Improved Using Targeted Therapy Developed in Lung Cancer (December 4, 2014)

Targeted therapy commonly used in lung cancer improves survival of esophageal cancer patients according to clinical trial results recently presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in the UK. The esophagus is a muscular... Continue Reading

FDA Approves Cyramza™ in Combination With Paclitaxel for Advanced Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma (November 13, 2014)

(CancerConnect) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has approved Cyramza™ (ramucirumab) for use in combination with paclitaxel for the treatment of patients with advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Cyramza was approved... Continue Reading

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Stages I-III Esophageal Cancer

Proton Beam Therapy May Improve Outcomes for Esophageal Cancer (January 23, 2017)

Currently a standard treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers (GI) combines the use of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgical resection. Radiation may be part of the treatment strategy for select cancers of the esophagus, anus, rectum,... Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Procedure Effective in Early Esophageal Cancer (December 4, 2013)

A minimally invasive endoscopic procedure to remove superficial, early stage esophageal is as effective as surgery that removes the entire esophagus, according to the results of a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Surgery Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (February 21, 2013)

Surgery after chemoradiotherapy—which is the standard of care in advanced esophageal cancer—increased overall and disease-free survival compared with chemoradiotherapy alone, according to the results of a study presented at the 2013 Gastrointestinal... Continue Reading

Surgeon Volume Influences Outcomes in Esophageal Cancer (February 6, 2013)

Patients who undergo surgery for esophageal cancer have a much higher chance of long-term survival if the surgeon has performed the operation many times before, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The esophagus... Continue Reading

Preoperative Chemoradiotherapy Improves Survival in Esophageal Cancer (September 10, 2012)

Preoperative chemoradiotherapy doubled median overall survival among patients with esophageal or esophagogastric junction cancer compared to surgery alone, according to the results of a phase 3 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The... Continue Reading

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