An initial gastroscopy was performed and the oesophageal
Organised by Oesophageal
Cancer Fund the [euro]2 lollipops are an effort to increase public awareness of the symptoms - sometimes mistaken for heartburn or acid reflux - and to highlight how it can be prevented or diagnosed early to improve cure rates.
Public Health England said early diagnosis of oesophageal
or stomach cancer, which kills around 580 people in the North East every year, is crucial as it means treatment is more likely to be successful.
If left untreated, this can lead to a condition called Barrett's oesophagus, which in turn can be a precursor of oesophageal
Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research, said: "We need to do better for oesophageal
Tim Underwood, an oesophageal
surgeon and co-leader of Cancer Research UK's International Cancer Genome Consortium project, said: "These figures are a clear reminder that we've still a long way to go with oesophageal
defect was created by removing a segment of muscle and mucosa of oesophageal
wall measuring about 0.
Care was taken to avoid breaching the mucosa of the oesophagus, and intraoperative oesophagogastroscopy with a flexible fiberoptic scope confirmed there was no oesophageal
In addition, a repeat, unintended oesophageal
intubation may be less likely.
BO is furthermore classified as a precancerous condition predisposing to the development of oesophageal
Portal hypertension is the pathophysiologic basis for the formation of oesophageal
varices, which are present in 60-80% of patients with cirrhosis .
The condition has been linked to obesity, diets high in fatty foods, alcohol and smoking, and is associated with an increased risk of oesophageal