Re: Barrett's found on biopsy. I need help.
Fear was my first reaction as well. I was diagnosed w/ Barrett's almost 10 yrs ago. Your perspective improves with education. I think I went through 3 levels; Barrett's, Barrett's with low grade dysplasia, then Barrett's with high grade dysplasia. Once I reached high grade it was EGD (endoscopy) every 6 months to see whether I advanced to full fledged esophogial cancer. Told my GI I had to find a more aggressive therapy than this "watchful waiting". Good news is there have been huge advances in Barrett's therapy. Expensive and rapidly changing technologies had my GI delay his investment decison multiple times on more advanced therapies. As luck would have it he convinced a hospital to make the investment. I was a charter member of "guinea pig" patients he selected for treatment using Barrett's Ablation Therapy (BAT). BAT is basically a lazer attachment to the endoscope and the lazer is firing at suspected cells. I think it was only 2 ablation treatments about 4-6 months apart when doctor told me the signs of Barretts have all but dissapated. I have EGD's every 3 years now and they continue to show the ablation treatment was successful.
Hope this helps in putting some of the fear in perspective. Check out the big hospital websites like Mayo Clinic & John Hopkins. To me, they seemed more involved in research and treatments. Take the time to select the right doctor. Keep interviewing until you feel you found a trusted partner in your recovery. My GI and I have a wonderful rapport and I think of him more as my friend than my doctor.