“Building a Cancer Breathalyzer” Esophageal Cancer Research Funded by The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

April 15, 2019

From Virginia Mason Foundation:

What if a “cancer breathalyzer” could detect esophageal cancer so early that many patients could be cured without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation? Virginia Mason surgeon Donald Low, MD, FACS, intends to find out, by developing a breath test that could transform diagnosis for the deadly disease. 

“Esophageal cancers don’t typically show symptoms until they’re very advanced, which is why only 20 to 30 percent of patients live for five years after diagnosis,” Dr. Low says. “If a breath test could detect esophageal cancer before it spreads, we could cure many patients with an endoscopic procedure.”

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The research is fueled by the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, which pools donations from individuals to fight esophageal cancer.

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Survivor Story: Borden “Yes, you can beat this!”

March 8, 2019

Below is a story from a wife of a man who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  We are very thankful to this couple for sharing their personal experiences with us in order to bring awareness to this devastating cancer.  As his wife said, “I want to bring hope to people facing this horrible disease. [My husband} is a testament to fighting and winning!”

Survivor Story: Borden. Story by wife, Mary A.

My husband was diagnosed on March 3, 2009 with stage 3 Esophageal cancer. He fought it with chemo and radiation first then after 2 months if intensive treatments had the 9.5 hr surgery to remove the cancer. He had to learn how to swallow again and ate through a feeding tube for 7 months. It was such a scary time for us.

Jump ahead to ten years later, he’s doing great!!! He survived with lots of care and prayer. My prayers were answered and I hope his story will help others know, yes you can beat this awful disease!


Awareness, Early Detection and Research

Too often, esophageal cancer is ignored and disregarded. There is a tremendous need to bring not only awareness but tools and resources to encourage early detection and advocacy and actual funding for esophageal cancer research.

The personal stories we share on our website do just that.  They are each equally important and deserve to be published.  Please do not reproduce any of these stories without our permission.  You may contact us with any questions or comments.

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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation Issues Esophageal Cancer Research Funding For the Second Time

December 14, 2018

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation has issued funding for esophageal cancer research in November, 2018; the second time in just seven years since the charity was founded.

The Foundation awarded principal investigator, Dr. Donald Low and Virginia Mason Medical Center, grant funding.  Dr. George Hanna of St Mary’s Hospital (Imperial College London) is co-investigator.

In 2011, The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation was established to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer.  Since 2011, the foundation has both raised awareness and encouraged the importance of earliest possible detection throughout New England, across the United States and internationally.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation first funded esophageal cancer research in July, 2015.

“The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is excited to be a part of Dr. Low’s, Professor Hanna’s and Virginia Mason’s research efforts in honor of all the brave men and women who have been affected by esophageal cancer and to hopefully reduce incidence and improve outcomes for individuals in the future,” President of the foundation, stated.

The research intends to establish a non-invasive test for the detection of esophageal cancer that is based upon the unique signature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within exhaled breath and to analyze exhaled VOCs in response to therapeutic intervention in patients.

Learn the Facts About Esophageal Cancer

One of the primary risk factors associated with esophageal cancer is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux disease, of which the most common symptom is chronic heartburn.  Other risk factors include obesity, heavy drinking, poor nutrition and smoking and/or use of tobacco products.

With over a 733% increase in the past four decades, esophageal cancer is among the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States and the western world.1

There are no current standard or routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in its earlier stages. Current guidelines recommend referral for endoscopy “only in the setting of ‘red flag’ symptoms that are frequently associated with inoperable disease,” Dr. Low stated.

These ‘red flag’ symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, typically appear once the cancer has become advanced.  This, in addition with other factors mentioned, leads to the current overall five-year survival rate of only 19.2%.2  Despite its rapid increase and poor prognosis, esophageal cancer receives very little awareness and research funding.

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The Salgi Foundation: Past Esophageal Cancer Research Funding

In July, 2015, the Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation issued esophageal cancer research funding to Program Director Dr. Carlos Minacapelli and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnston Medical School.  That research was presented as a poster presentation during Digestive Disease Week in May, 2017.

Thank you!

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation would like to thank all our supporters and donors who believe in this mission and who make these accomplishments possible.  However, this is just the beginning.  The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation continuously receives many requests for esophageal cancer research.  We need to continue our efforts to fundraise so that we may continue to fulfill this mission to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research.

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1 “Esophageal Cancer Sees Dramatic Spike.” Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News. 18 October 2018.

2 “Cancer Stat Facts: Esophageal Cancer.” National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.  11 December 2018.

Support Esophageal Cancer Awareness, Research This #GivingTuesday!

November 26, 2018

Giving Tuesday The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Make a charitable gift to The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation to support esophageal cancer awareness, early detection and research.  Donate Now!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.


On November, 27th, 2018, Facebook will match a total of up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to eligible US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits like The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation!

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Giving Tuesday opens the giving season and with your help, we will raise funds to raise awareness, encourage early detection and fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cure.™

Giving Tuesday helps to unite us in the spirit of giving and to bring a spotlight to esophageal cancer, a cause that needs desperate attention.  Let’s make this Giving Tuesday a great success!  Please donate today Thank you in advance for helping to make a difference today and every day.

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Fundraising Spotlight: 3rd Annual Brian Blood Memorial Golf Tournament

October 22, 2018
Brian Blood The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation The 3rd Annual Brian Blood Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 24th at Butter Brook Golf Club in Westford, MA.  The annual event is in honor of Brian Blood, who passed away after a short but courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
Prior to his passing, his family promised him they would hold an annual golf tournament in his honor, with the goal of raising money for esophageal cancer awareness and research.  This year, the tournament raised $12,500!  We are pleased to share that in three years, they have raised a total of $37,500 for esophageal research!
A special thank you to Gold Sponsors: Neuro Corporation, Devereaux LLC and Hillside Constructions and Silver Sponsors: University Orthopedics and Feeney Brother, Inc.
Thank you to the many other families and organizations who donated to the event and helped to make the day a success.
The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is honored to fulfill this mission in honor of Mr. Brian Blood and we are so thankful to his family and friends for their hard work, dedication, generosity and support!

Esophageal Cancer Sees Dramatic Spike- Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

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“The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) has spiked more than sevenfold over the past four decades, far outpacing other tumor types. But the disease is detected early enough to be resected in at least 20% of patients with minimally invasive procedures.

Those findings come from a new epidemiological study of esophageal cancer in the United States. Researchers found that the incidence of EAC rose 733% between 1973 and 2014, according to government data, climbing an average of 5.4% per year during the 41-year period (Figure). The next-fastest form of cancer—breast cancer—rose by 0.9% per year, on average, during that time.”

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Esophageal cancer is one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States.  There are no routine screenings to detect esophageal cancer in earlier stages and symptoms (such as difficulty swallowing, choking sensation, etc…) often occur once the cancer spreads and becomes more difficult (if not impossible) to treat.

Learn the facts about esophageal cancer

-Esophageal cancer has increased over 700% and is considered one of the fastest growing cancer in the US.

-Risk factors include:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, acid reflux, chronic heartburn),
  • obesity,
  • poor nutrition,
  • tobacco use,
  • excessive alcohol use,
  • Barrett’s esophagus.

-As one of the deadliest cancers, esophageal cancer has an overall 5 year survival rate of only 18.8%.

-There are no routine or standard screenings to improve early detection of esophageal cancer.

-Symptoms often arise late, once the cancer is considered advanced or “distant” (spread to lymph nodes and other organs.)

-Stage IV esophageal cancer has a survival rate of only 4.6%.

-Despite these facts, esophageal cancer research is extremely underfunded.

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Download Our Free Ebook: Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories

July 27, 2018

Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories By The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundaion

We created an ebook titled: “Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories.”

These stories from esophageal cancer survivors have brought us so much inspiration and we are honored to share them with you and with as many people as possible.

While esophageal cancer does have lower survival rates compared to other cancers, it is our hope that those facing a diagnosis and their families also have access to testimony that esophageal cancer can be beat.

Many of those who have shared their story did not “fit the mold” when they were diagnosed.  There is a misconception that esophageal cancer “only” affects older, overweight, Caucasian males.  However, esophageal cancer is considered one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers.  Due to this fact, it is also rapidly affecting both men and women of all ages.

These stories highlight the importance of early detection, routine screening, quality treatment and the significance of staying positive and having hope when you feel hopeless.

Thank you to all of the survivors and/or their family member(s) who have shared their story! To those who are facing a diagnosis or currently battling esophageal cancer, we send you our very best well wishes for health, healing, strength and hope and to all who have passed away, we will forever hold you close in our hearts.

Esophageal Cancer Survivor Stories ebook is available in the following formats: epub, mobi (Kindle) pdf, online reader, pdb, txt.

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