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A hospital in Britain uses a new technology to detect esophageal cancer without a sample or endoscopy



The British newspaper "Daily Mail" revealed that the British Health Services Authority (NHS) hospital used for the first time the "sponge on a thread" technique to detect cancer of the esophagus.


The newspaper said: Health workers are allowed to collect cell samples without the need for an endoscope, explaining that health workers are allowed to collect cell samples using this modern technology without the need for an endoscope, biopsy, or anesthesia.


The "Daily Mail" newspaper said that endoscopic operations, which involve passing a thin tube containing a camera and a light to the body, were suspended during the epidemic because they could cause the virus to spread in the air, but University College London Hospital continued to evaluate patients by switching to The pioneering sponge is in the form of a pill or capsule while entering the mouth of the patient, as this technology is faster, cheaper and more effective in detecting the disease.


She added: NHS England and NHS Scotland are looking to roll out services across the country later this year.


The newspaper said that the Sitospong technique is a sponge coated on a thread that can be swallowed easily without the need for anesthesia or a specialized endoscopy set, and it is given to patients in the form of a pill tied with a thread that they hold while swallowing with water.


And she continued that the sponge tied with a rope, which resembles a medicine capsule or pill once it enters the stomach, dissolves the pill within 7 to 8 minutes, and releases the sponge, then the nurse pulls it gently to take a sample from inside the esophagus to detect esophageal cancer, explaining that the sponge collects cells on The entire length of the esophagus, as it is removed for examination.


She said: The sponge tied to a thread or cytosponge does this without using a "biopsy", in which this sample relies on cutting tissue for examination.


Sally Thorpe, a clinical nurse specialist, said: This technique called cytosponge can be used in less than 10 minutes, from guiding the patient to collecting cells, and in contrast, an esophagoscope with a biopsy "sample" can take up to an hour, explaining, "It is easy." Extremely use and well tolerated by patients, the only side effect is a mild sore throat. A sponge is used to monitor patients with Barrett's esophagus, a condition in which the lining of the esophagus is inflamed and which may lead to cancer cells that can lead to esophageal cancer.


The newspaper added: The survival rate for esophageal cancer is 5 years, less than 20%, but it rises to 90% if it is caught early.


She explained that there are about 9,200 new cases of esophageal cancer in the UK every year, with 8,000 deaths.

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