HALO Ablation Therapy

Latest treatment avoids surgery in treating precancerous esophagus spots from Barrett's Esophagus - Adenocarcinoma



HALO Ablation Therapy: Latest treatment for Barrett's Esophagus. Adenocarcinoma

Field of Medicine: Gastroenterology

By Nick Rees

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Chronic heartburn should not be ignored.   Left untreated, as many as 15 percent of patients seeking medical care for heartburn are diagnosed with a condition called Barrett's esophagus, which in turn can put patients at risk for esophageal cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

Patients with Barrett's esophagus carry a 30 to 125 percent higher chance of developing esophageal cancer than the general population.  This pre-cancerous condition affects the lining of the esophagus and forms when cells in the lower end of the esophagus are replaced by an intestinal-type lining. Barrett's esophagus is generally considered to be caused by damage from chronic acid exposure or reflux esophagitis.

Incidences of esophageal cancer, also called adenocarcinoma, are rising faster than breast cancer, prostate caner and melanoma, a recent study says, noting that diagnoses of the disease have risen six-fold over the last 25 years.

Dr. Parsons has treated hundreds of patients using HALO Ablation Therapy, which can prevent esophageal cancer.  He stands behind the results:  "Esophageal ablation procedure can help prevent esophageal cancer," Dr. Parsons said. "I believe in this treatment option and have seen great results for my patients."

HALO Ablation Therapy, also called endoscopic ablation therapy, utilizes heat to remove the esophagus' precancerous spots as a safe and effective alternative to surgery.  Dr. Parsons can perform the procedure in only 30 to 45 minutes using a device called the HALO 360.  Patients recover quickly from the procedure and report only a sore throat or chest discomfort for a few days following the procedure.

"I seem to thrive at doing these complex cases," Dr. Parsons said. "I perform them often, which has helped me develop expertise. There is tremendous gratification being successful and helping these patients."  As a pioneer and leader in this treatment, Dr. Parsons also trains other top gastroenterologists from around the country on the use of this latest treatment.

"The ablation therapy is just one example of the many advances Dr. Parsons is pursuing to improve treatments and alternatives in his field.  "The medical device companies are always developing new technologies," Dr. Parsons said. "I work closely with them to stay on the cutting edge and offer our patients the latest technologies and products. They often seek my counsel in making decisions on new product development."

Dr. Willis Parsons of Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL was selected in 2010 by TopTierMD as a Chicago Top Doctor - He was named a Best Chicago Gastroenterologist specializing in ablation of Barrett's esophagus, capsule endoscopy, colonoscopies and endoscopic procedures. Dr. Parsons leads the Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy in Arlington, IL at Northwest Community Hospital.

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