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Orange Regional Medical Center Offers New Treatment to Help Prevent Esophageal Cancer

December 1, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center now offers the latest technology in Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) to treat Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition affecting the lining of the esophagus commonly caused by acid reflux or GERD. RFA to treat Barrett’s esophagus, is a minimally invasive endoscopic technique that removes the abnormal cells from the esophagus before they become cancerous.

Dr. Edward Croen, Chairman of Orange Regional’s Gastroenterology Department says, “The addition of Radio Frequency Ablation for Barrett’s esophagus to our service offerings makes this life saving treatment more readily available and accessible to patients in the Hudson Valley community.”

Orange Regional is the first hospital in Orange County to acquire the HALO System, the latest technology in RFA to treat Barrett’s esophagus. This RFA system uses an endoscope to deliver high frequency radio waves to destroy the damaged tissue in the esophagus. The procedure usually requires moderate sedation and is performed in an outpatient setting at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown.

According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 17,000 people will develop cancer of the esophagus in 2011. “This procedure is a step in the right direction in preventing esophageal cancer. We now have the ability to care for patients before their disease develops into a serious issue,” says Dr. Plumer, Gastroenterologist.

To learn more about Radio Frequency Ablation for Barrett’s esophagus speak with your physician or visit www.ormc.org to find a physician that specializes in conditions related to the esophagus.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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