Gastroesophageal reflux: a condition that can develop into cancer

Approximately 7 million Vietnamese individuals are affected by gastric and esophageal reflux, with 60% not receiving timely treatment. This puts them at risk for complications like stenosis and esophageal cancer. Data from the Vietnam Internal Medicine Association was presented by Doctor CK2 Nguyen Phuc Minh, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology at Binh Dan Hospital during a scientific conference on updating the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on May 6. It is estimated that about 5-10% of the population suffers from GERD.

Gastroesophageal reflux is a condition where fluid and food from the stomach refluxes into the esophagus, causing symptoms or complications. This occurs due to changes in the gastroesophageal valve, which leads to the valve not closing tightly, allowing stomach fluid, including acid and bile, to flow back into the esophagus. People with this disease often experience symptoms like sore throat, heartburn, bad breath, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and more.

Patients with GERD typically start with medication for about 8 weeks, usually with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Following this, further evaluation is done to determine if surgery is necessary. Symptoms of GERD can be lifelong if left untreated, impacting quality of life. The disease is common in individuals who are overweight, obese, chronically stressed, have peptic ulcers, or have unhealthy eating habits.

In some cases, surgery is required to treat GERD. Two patients with persistent gastroesophageal reflux accompanied by hiatal hernia recently underwent anti-reflux valve plastic surgery using the new Omega 300 AP technique at Binh Dan Hospital. This advanced method, currently used in the US, aims to provide effective treatment for GERD.

Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding lying down immediately after eating, and steering clear of foods that increase stomach acid can help prevent GERD symptoms. It is also recommended to sleep with the head elevated and on the left side. Seeking timely treatment and following medical advice can help manage and treat gastroesophageal reflux effectively.

By Samantha Robertson

As a seasoned content writer at, my passion for storytelling and creativity shines through in every article I craft. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for research, I thrive on translating complex topics into engaging reads that resonate with our diverse audience. My goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire readers through thought-provoking content that leaves a lasting impact. Join me on this exciting journey as we explore the world of news together.

Leave a Reply