Retired Chicago Police Officer has cancerous nodule removed using new technique at Silver Cross Hospital


It wasn’t until he had an upper endoscopy that Ronald Tatar found out he had a cancerous nodule in his esophagus. The 78-year-old retired Chicago Police Officer underwent treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus with Dr. Kamran Ayub, medical director of the Advanced Endoscopy Center at Silver Cross Hospital.

Barrett’s Esophagus typically occurs in patients with a long history of acid reflux, causing the lining of the esophagus to undergo a cellular change. Untreated, the condition could develop into cancer.

“I saw Dr. Ayub about 5 years ago after they discovered a suspicious growth in my esophagus,” Tatar said. “Dr. Ayub removed the polyp and discovered it was malignant.”

Tatar has been seeing Dr. Ayub about four times a year since the first diagnosis, and it was a few months ago when the discovered that his Barrett’s Esophagus had developed into carcinoma, a type of cancer.

“You can’t treat Barrett’s Esophagus with antacids or other acid blockers,” Dr. Ayub said. “For Robert, an endoscopic submucosal dissection was the best way to remove all the cancer cells from the nodules in his esophagus.”

An ESD is a relatively new technique, Ayub said, and includes dissecting the tumor and going under the nodule to remove it in one piece, using endoscopic equipment to prevents patients from having to undergo invasive surgical procedures.

Test results showed that the dissection was successful in removing all of the cancer from Tatar’s esophagus. He will follow up with Dr. Ayub in three months for another endoscopy, then every six months.

For more information on the latest treatments for Barrett’s Esophagus, heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD, join Dr. Ayub for a free program Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register at

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