Mr Sarela specialises in surgery for cancer of the oesophagus (gullet) and stomach. Mr Sarela trained in cancer surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York USA. Mr Sarela is a core member of the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team in the NHS at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.

Cancer of the oesophagus: The risk for cancer of the oesophagus is increased by cigarette smoking, acid reflux, excessive alcohol and obesity (BMI more than 30). Acid reflux damages the cells of inner lining of the lower end of oesophagus and causes a condition called Barrett’s oesophagus, which is a pre-malignant disorder. The risk of cancer is an important reason to get proper treatment for acid reflux.

Cancer of the stomach (gastric cancer): The risk for stomach cancer is increased by cigarette smoking, excessively salty food, processed meats, infection of the stomach lining by a bug called Helicobacter pylori, some types of operations on the stomach, and a family history of stomach cancer.

You can visit Cancer Research UK for more information on Cancer of the Oesophagus and Cancer of the Stomach.



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