A new, outpatient procedure at Springs Memorial Hospital may help prevent esophageal cancer.
The procedure, endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy using the HALO System, has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine as an effective treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition that affects 1-2 million adults in the United States annually. The procedure takes about 30 minutes on average.
Barrett’s Esophagus is a condition where the lining of the esophagus is damaged from stomach acid and inflammation and occurs as an almost adaptive response to chronic exposure to stomach acid.
Four physicians on the medical staff of Springs Memorial Hospital have specialty training in the ablation technique: Victor Amato and Vimal Amin of Catawba Gastroenterology, Paul Banish and Patrick E. Sizemore of General Surgery of Lancaster.
“The main purpose of the procedure is to ablate, or remove the abnormal lining of the esophagus,” said Dr. Amin. “The tissue then regenerates and normal tissue grows back. This eliminates or markedly reduces the chances of cancer developing. The results are very promising.”
• Physicians Choice Laboratory Services has donated more than $1,000 worth of non-perishable goods to the Pilgrims’ Inn in Rock Hill. The donations were collected at the PCLS headquarters during the annual holiday food drive to benefit the York County community. PCLS collected more than 471 cans and packages of non-perishable items.
PCLS chose Pilgrim’s Inn because it is a local community shelter that has the highest concentration of people in need in York County.
• Home Care and Hospice of Lancaster has been named a 2014 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, an award which recognizes home health agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view.
• A municipal water tank in Columbia, was among the top 12 finalists in public voting during the 2014 Tank of the Year competition sponsored by Tnemec Company, Inc. The top-voted tanks for 2014 were: Lebanon, Mo.; Normal, Ill.; Carpentersville, Ill.; Fairborn, Ohio; Kansas City, Mo.; Chatham, Ontario, Canada; Pekin, Ill.; Midland, Texas; Columbia, S.C.; Plainview, Texas; Mount Prospect, Ill.; and Artesia, N.M.
• The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce is encouraging consumers to shop locally and increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses on Small Business Saturday.