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My GERD symptoms have worsened in the past few weeks. Is it esophageal cancer?


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Answered by

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At October 1, 2020
Reviewed AtDecember 11, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have GERD for a decade. I manage it by taking H2 blockers and antacids. I have heartburn on and off for the past few weeks. It becomes worse when I lie down. I do not have problems while swallowing and I have not lost weight. I am taking Prilosec for the past ten days and it takes care of my symptoms with occasional pain at night. I am planning to do an endoscopy next week. But I am terrified whether I have oesophageal cancer. I did an endoscopy 14 days back. Please help me. I am worried.

Answered by Dr. Ajeet Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I do not know the findings of your previous endoscopy. If you have attached it, it can help to provide you a proper diagnosis. Approximately fifty percent of the population develop GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in their lifetime. Five percent of people with GERD develop Barrett's esophagus. It is a premalignant condition. Less than one percent of people with Barret's esophagus develop esophageal cancer. The risk of cancer increases when someone has Barret's esophagus or GERD for ten years and a history of peptic stricture due to acid reflux. Do not get tensed and you will become fine.

Probable diagnosis

You have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ajeet Kumar
Dr. Ajeet Kumar

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