New ‘HALO’ Treatment Offers Hope For Patients With Barrett’s Esophagus

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers, a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park, Illinois offers patients with Barrett’s esophagus a new tool to treat the disease.

“HALO 360 Ablation Therapy System” uses radiofrequency energy to destroy the precancerous tissue of the esophagus. If left untreated, the precancerous tissue can lead to esophageal cancer.

Dr. Brian Blumenstein, board-certified gastroenterologist at Little Company of Mary, stated in a press release that “Barrett’s esophagus affects nearly two million Americans and is the leading cause of esophageal cancer.”

“Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing and deadly forms of cancer in the United States today” said Blumenstein.

“Radiofrequency ablation allows us to destroy and remove the diseased tissue without harming healthy, underlying structures of the esophagus,” Dr. Blumenstein stated. “There’s minimal scarring, and the risk for complications is very low.”

The American Gastroenterological Association issued new guidelines that support the use of radiofrequency ablation for individuals with Barrett’s esophagus.

To read more about HALO Treatment, click here.

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