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hello i new to this forum & wish i can get some info on this. i just had endoscopy done & was diagnosed with esophageal nodule. what does this mean? w

By March 15, 2012 - 2:04am
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they requested biopsy & wont get results back in a week. i am so anxious, its killing me thinking it might be cancer. i was also diagnosed with a stomach polyps. Again, not understanding any of this. Please help

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Hi Gladys,

I'm sorry to hear about your polyps and nodules- your concern is certainly understandable. 

Stomach polyps are masses of cells that form on the inside lining of your stomach. Stomach polyps, also called gastric polyps, are rare.

Stomach polyps typically don't cause any signs or symptoms. Stomach polyps are most often discovered by accident, such as when your doctor is examining you for some other reason.

If your doctor discovers you have stomach polyps, treatment advice is determined by the type of stomach polyps you have. Most stomach polyps don't become cancerous, but certain types may increase your risk of stomach cancer in the future. For this reason, some stomach polyps are removed and others may not require treatment.

Treatment may not be necessary 
Small polyps that aren't adenomas may not require treatment. These polyps typically don't cause signs and symptoms and only rarely become cancerous. Instead, your doctor may recommend periodic monitoring of your stomach polyps. You may undergo endoscopy to see whether your stomach polyps have grown. Polyps that grow or that cause signs and symptoms can be removed.

Removing adenomas and large stomach polyps 
Treatment to remove stomach polyps may be recommended if your polyps are adenomas or if they are larger than 2/5 inch (1 cm) in diameter. Most polyps can be removed during an endoscopy exam.

Stopping H. pylori infection to treat and prevent polyps 
If you have gastritis caused by H. pylori bacteria in your stomach, your doctor will likely recommend killing the bacteria with antibiotics. Stopping an H. pylori infection may make hyperplastic polyps disappear. It may also stop polyps from returning in the future. Tests can help your doctor determine whether you have H. pylori infection. Then, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for you to take for several weeks to kill the H. pylori bacteria.

The nodules on your esophagus can also be pre-cancerous, but that is why your doctor has performed a biopsy. Please remain positive as this does not mean that you have cancer. 

Keep us updated and best wishes,


March 15, 2012 - 7:47am
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