Esophageal Cancer Is Currently The Fastest Growing Cancer In The Western World

Even though I’m still waiting for the results of my PET Scan last week, I’m moving on to the next test. No dust settles under my feet.

Remember back in March I had an endoscopy that showed I had ulcers in my esophagus? Well… this morning I was back at the hospital for a follow-up endoscopy to see if the ulcers had healed.  Bad news! The ulcers are still present. Ugh! Esophageal ulcers are defined as open sores or lesions in the lining of the esophagus. What caused these ulcers? Acid reflux or GERD.

I wanted to find out more about these ulcers so I researched it and came across a website called Supposedly, healing is slow and these ulcers can recur quite often. Chronic and severe recurrences can cause the esophagus to narrow after healing. That would mean trouble swallowing. According to this website, Esophageal cancer is currently the fastest growing cancer in the western world. I didn’t know that.

My GI says it’s important to treat the cause of these ulcers. That, of course, is my acid reflux. This requires avoiding certain foods and beverages. Being a celiac, adding more to the list of foods and beverages that I already can’t eat, is not something I want to hear. My diet is already restricted. Why is is that the foods we like the most are the worst troublemakers?

On the list of foods to avoid:

Onions, garlic, tomatoes, fatty and spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, chewing gum, mints and chocolate

In addition, I will resume taking Protonix up until my next follow-up endoscopy. This summer is just flying by and I haven’t gone on a vacation yet. I’m too busy with my hospital and doctor visits. Maybe I should pick up some souveniers in the hospital gift shop.

Until next time…