The Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York has opened Esophageal Center facility which is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the esophagus.
Vipul Shah, M.D. and Stephen Goodman, M.D. are gastroenterologists and Co-Chairs of the Esophagus Center. Dr. Shah’s and Dr. Goodman’s team of highly trained specialists offer patients treatment for acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal cancer and motility disorders. The Esophagus Center use the latest technologies and therapies to treat patients.
Dr. Goodman stated in a MD News article that “part of the inspiration for establishing the Esophageal Center was the fact that we already have at our hospital both the physician expertise and technology to offer more than the typical community-based hospital. The second thought was that, because we’re in that fortunate position, we should take advantage of it by offering care in a more cohesive manner with everyone unified in the Esophageal Center.”
The Esophagus Center uses BÂRRX HALO technology, a system comprised of the HALO360+ ablation catheter and the HALO90 focal ablation device. This device is a radio frequency ablation treatment which helps to remove precancerous tissue within the esophagus without damaging healthy surrounding esophageal tissue.
Dr. Goodman told MD News: “This exciting technology enables us to actually burn off the disease,” says Dr. Goodman. “Barrett’s esophagus is a precancerous condition. By eliminating affected tissue through radiofrequency technology, we can help prevent esophageal cancer.”
More than 60 million Americans suffer from frequent, painful, heartburn symptoms, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Perhaps this is why acid reflux and GERD are among the highest treated conditions in the Esophageal Center.
Diagnosis and treatment of early-stage esophageal cancer brings hope to many patients. However, when surgery is needed, Dr. Goodman stated “our thoracic surgeons are experts at minimally invasive techniques.”
For more information on Good Samaritan Hospital, visit www.goodsamhosp.org.