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Obesity boosts oesophageal cancer

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

(image) Obese people are six times as likely to develop gullet (oesophageal) cancer as people of healthy weight, shows research published ahead of print in the journal Gut. Rates of oesophageal cancer have been rising rapidly, and in some countries, they have risen faster than those of every other major cancer, say the authors........



Married oesophageal cancer patients fare worse

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

(image) In a surprising finding, American researchers have observed that when battling oesophageal cancer, married patients don't fare as well as their single counterparts in certain aspects of their quality of life. In the study, presented today (Wednesday) at the European Cancer Conference (ECCO 14) in Barcelona, 212 oesophageal cancer patients and 489 patients with Barrett's oesophagus, a non-malignant condition associated with acid reflux, filled out two quality of life questionnaires a year apart. Changes in the scores between the two assessments were analysed as per marital status........



How Acid Reflux Leads To Esophageal Cancer

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

(image) A particular enzyme is significantly higher in cancer cells that have been exposed to acid, leading to the overproduction of hydrogen peroxide, and offering a possible explanation for how acid reflux may lead to cancer of the esophagus, as per a recent study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The study observed that the enzyme NOX5-S is affected by exposure to acid and that it produces stress on cells, activating genes that lead to DNA damage. For the first time, scientists have outlined the signaling pathway from cells damaged by acid, to the progression of esophageal cancer. They believe the same process may happen in the body when cells are exposed to acid reflux........



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Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

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More Than Half Of Esophageal Cancer Patients Now Survive

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

In part because the nature of the disease has changed, nearly 50 percent of patients with esophageal cancer that undergo an advanced surgical procedure now survive for five years, not 20 percent as once thought, as per an article reported in the April edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center contend that earlier diagnoses, more widespread screening and individualized care have made surgery by far the best way to combat esophageal cancer as it is most often diagnosed today........



Which Esophageal Cancer Patient Will Respond To Treatment

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

New research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center shows that Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is more accurate than conventional imaging in identifying patients who have good responses to chemotherapy and radiation therapy -- a finding that could one day help some patients avoid surgery........



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Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

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Aspirin May Cut Risk of Esophageal Cancer

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, may significantly reduce the risk of esophageal cancer among people with Barrett's esophagus, a premalignant condition associated with chronic heartburn that affects an estimated 1 million to 2 million Americans.......



Acid Reflux May Be Linked To Esophageal Cancer

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

A dramatic rise in one of the deadliest types of cancers may be linked to the increasing rates of acid reflux and gastrointestinal disorders, according to a new report.But scientists say a better understanding of how this type of esophageal cancer develops is needed before effective prevention and treatment strategies can be developed.......



NSAIDs may cut risk of esophageal cancer

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, may significantly reduce the risk of esophageal cancer among people with Barrett's esophagus, a premalignant condition associated with chronic heartburn that affects an estimated 1 million to 2 million Americans.......



Zinc Deficiency Increases Risk Of Esophageal Cancer

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:49:15 GMT

Dietary deficiency of zinc, an essential mineral, has been associated with esophageal cancer in rodents. So far, though, examining this association in humans has been hampered by the difficulty of measuring zinc levels in the body through traditional methods. "Measuring zinc levels in the blood is not very sensitive," noted lead author Christian Abnet, Ph.D., of NCI's Cancer Prevention Studies Branch. "Because zinc is maintained in a state of equilibrium, just like body temperature, the readings will tend to be similar. Calculating zinc from intake of meat and other dietary sources isn't very sensitive either since other compounds, like phytates in whole grains, will inhibit zinc absorption.".......