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People who have conditions such as GERD or Barrett’s Esophagus should be monitored closely. Precancerous tissues should be treated to prevent a progression to cancer. This treatment can invove endoscopic therapy such as radio-frequency ablation or endoscopic mucosal resection. Treatment of precancerous tissue can even sometimes require surgical resection with esophagetomy, though this radical a surgical treatment is generally only needed when endoscopic therapies are not an option or have failed.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.