CoxHealth named a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital

CoxHealth announced that it has been named among the nations ‘Best Regional Hopsitals’ in 2011-12.  The U.S. News & World Report published the report.

“All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”

CoxHealth, located in Springfield, Missouri, offers patients a new treatment which helps in the prevention of esophageal cancer, the fastest-growing form of cancer in the western world.  The procedure is endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy using the Halo Ablation System.

This procedure can remove Barrett’s esophagus, which can lead to esophageal cancer.  Over 2 million people are diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus  every year and the diagnosis can increase the chances of developing cancer of the esophagus; especially in patients who are obese or smoke.

Diagnosis of esophageal cancer is usually after the disease has developed into advanced stages, which decreases the chance of patients survival after surgery and also decreases patients five year survival rate. The new procedure allows physicians to reverse the development of the cancer of the esophagus in its earliest stages.

Early detection and treatment are two of the most important factors in ensuring esophageal cancer is not only treated but allows patients to remain cancer free in the following years.

To read CoxHealth’s official press release, click here.

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