Re-assessment of Cancer risk in Barrett’s oesophagus.

Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact


Research within the Northern Ireland Barrett’s oesophagus Register demonstrated that cancer risk in this disease was substantially lower than previously thought. It identified clinico-pathological characteristics and potential biomarkers that allow Barrett’s patients to be stratified into those with higher and lower cancer risk. This research has influenced recommendations from Gastroenterological Associations in the UK and USA and resulted in altered clinical practice nationally and internationally, in which costly routine endoscopic surveillance is now targeted to Barrett’s oesophagus patients with the highest cancer risk.

Impact statusOngoing
Category of impactHealth Impact, Quality of Life Impact