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    To have an Esophagectomy or not

    My husband, age 66, was diagnosed with a T3 tumor at the esophageal-stomach junction. There is no known lymph node involvement or metastasis noted. He completed 5 weeks of concurrent chemo and radiation on March 31st. He still is having a great deal of pain and difficulty swallowing ( now 2 weeks after last treatment) and therefore eating poorly. The follow up scans are scheduled for April 24th.

    My questions:

    1. Have you experienced this much difficulty after 2weeks?
    2. Did you chose to have an Esophagectomy and would you chose that again if you could do it over?
    3. If you did not have the surgery, why not, and how have you faired?

    Thank you for your response and if you can, let me know your tumor category, T1, T2, T3, T4

    Jennifer

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    jenj99:

    While I can not answer your question specifically, I can say radiation effects do take some time to quiet down. Two weeks is a short time to expect to see significant improvement. However, it is important that your dear husband find a way, as difficult as it is, to make sure he is eating and drinking properly.

    I would definitely make a call to the center where he is being treated and discuss it with them.

    Good luck and please do let us know how it goes.

    Lisa

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    Thanks for your reply

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa1962 View Post
    jenj99:

    While I can not answer your question specifically, I can say radiation effects do take some time to quiet down. Two weeks is a short time to expect to see significant improvement. However, it is important that your dear husband find a way, as difficult as it is, to make sure he is eating and drinking properly.

    I would definitely make a call to the center where he is being treated and discuss it with them.

    Good luck and please do let us know how it goes.

    Lisa
    IV nutrition to start today and meeting with surgeon on Monday to discuss feeding tube.

 

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