Stage iv Esophageal Cancer

72 Posts | Page(s): 1 2 3 4 5 ...78 Next 

Stage iv Esophageal Cancer

by Oscar on Thu Jun 16, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
My husband of 25 yrs, age 57 yrs. was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer met into lymph nodes and liver. Has had 6 chemo treatments, cisplatin and irenotikim. He was rescaned last week and all is shrinking. Anyone have any good outlooks for us. Or are we looking at a vacation for a while from this at best. The drs have not said anything and we have not had courage to ask yet at this early point. They offer no cure or surgery just treatment in hopes of remission. thanks Helen

Stage iv Esophageal ca

by Cindyrae on Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
My husband, 41 years old, was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal CA in October 2004. He also has mets to lymph nodes & liver. The tumors in his liver were "too numerous to count". The doctors said he might have 6 months to 1 year. His chemo regimen is Cisplatin & Camptosar. Well, we are now at 9 months & he is doing better now than at the time of diagnosis. He has never missed a day of work. He has not lost any weight. He has not had any trouble swallowing. Our most recent CT Scans were in May and results were great! Tumors in the liver are now "barely perceptable". Lymph nodes have either resolved or are smaller. Know that the doctors only have statistics to go by. God is the only one who knows how long we have on this earth. The most important part of this journey is to have faith & believe that you are going to be healed & beat this horrible disease! Don't let the statistics get you down. Good luck & have faith in God!!

Stage iv Esophageal ca

by Oscar on Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
Thanks so much for responding. Hooray for both of you, and thanks for the hope My husband has lost 30 lbs, he had some to loose anyway, so he really looks good, but he gains and looses 10 lbs between every treatment. Has had a really had time with fatigue, and has not been to work since this started, but he also has plenty of sick time. So, it is very difficult to see. I wonder why the treatment is different when the cancers are the same?. Has he changed his diet at all. We go to Mass General Hospital in Boston and everyone has been terrific. It is just really hard. How are you handling all of this. Thanks so much for responding it has really helped.

Esophageal Cancer - Stage iv

by Carly on Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
It is very encouraging to read your message. My husband, age 66, was diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer in April. He has mets also to the liver and nodes. Can't operate or do radiation. We are terrified. He started chemo, cisplatin and irenitikin, and ended up in the hospital for 5 days after the first treatment. He has a lot of pain from the tumor, plus the constipation and nausea. After the 2nd treatment, he was quite sick for about 5 days, but is feeling better now. We go back to chemo on the 5th. I am so happy for you. How many treatments did you have before the scanned again? Lets keep in touch. We can all help each other.

Stage iv Esophageal Cancer

by Oscar on Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
Hi, My husband was in hospital after the 2nd treatment as well, bad diarrhea., was neutropenic and was dehydrated. They lowered his dosage of the chemo 25% and hasn't had anything bad since, he manages the diarrhea with lomotil and tincture of opium. He has had a hard time with his white count and has to give himself a shot a day for four days after the treatments to keep it up. He went through three rounds, he goes 2 weeks on and one week off, then they rescanned. He goes for 6 more after that, so the first week of August he will be finished with that round and will be rescanned again and they said they would give him a break, how long depending on the results. Hopefully it will be a while we are expecting our first grandchild in August and we would love to go to Florida to see him. How are you doing?? I feel so helpless.It just changes your life so. Take care. Helen

Esophageal Cancer

by Carly on Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
Hi Helen, yes it certainly has changed our lives. In fact it seems as if our lives totally stopped the day we learned of the tumor. We seldom leave the house. My hubby, who was such a fun loving guy, sleeps more than he is awake. I only pray these chemo treatments will work. I went to my own doctor and she put me on Paxil for depression and it has helped a great deal. This is a scary and lonely road we are travelling. Good luck with that new grandchild.

Esophageal Cancer.

by Oscar on Sat Jul 02, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
Hi Carly, Yes it is scary and lonely. We go out on the end of his week off and try to do everything in 2 days on the weekend. Dinner, see friends etc. My husband sleeps a lot as well. Have they ever lowered the dose of chemo for your husband? Mine was really wiped out and had lots of problems the first round and they lowered it just a bit, it is still not great but much much better. How many rounds has he had, and when will they do his rescan. My husband was diagnosed in April as well. Also, here is my email if you would rather correspond through that. Take care, Helen

Stage IV Esophageal Cancer

by Cindyrae on Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
It is so nice to be able to chat with someone who is, unfortunately, going through the same thing I am. When we first found out I was in shock! We had gone to the hospital because he was tired & black stool. I thought he had an ulcer due to medications. I never dreamed it was cancer. We both cried constantly for the first month or so. Then it just sort of became something we lived with. You have to live your life like it isn't there, as much as possible. It is very depressing because you never hear any good news, statistics from the doctors. I also am on an antidepressant, which has helped tremendously. I am a hospice nurse so that makes it very difficult because I see what happens daily with cancer. He really has not changed his diet that much except no red meat. He also drinks Essiac Tea twice a day. The doctors told us not to do it because it was herbal. I figured, what do we have to lose? It can only help. Keep in touch.

Esophageal ca

by Cindyrae on Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
My husband had 4 cycles of chemo before the last scans. He had more today & is scheduled to do more tomorrow. It always makes me very nervous & scared! He has been on a 6 week break from the chemo & I just pray that it has not taken off again!! He takes Emend with his chemo tx & it seems to work really well for the nausea & vomiting. He never has been even nauseated. I wish you the best & keep in touch!

Esophageal Cancer

by Oscar on Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:00 AM

Quote | Reply
Hi, hope all goes well on your re scans. Buff starts his second round 6 more treatments and then we rescan in August and then he will have a break. We go tomorrow for treatment. This past week was his week off and we did everything, dinner with friends, shopping, He is a baseball umpire and actually umpired a game in Fenway Park on Sunday night for a highschool allstar game. I was so excited that he could do that. And then we went to the Boston Fireworks and pops concert last night. So a great weekend. Now to be smacked down again with the chemo. It has a way of slapping you in the face again, again, and again. I have thought about going on antidepressent, but I have mostly eaten my way through this and have gained 20 lbs. Oh well. Hope all goes well. Keep in touch Helen
72 Posts | Page(s): 1 2 3 4 5 ...78 Next 
Subscribe to this message board discussion

Latest Messages

View More

CancerCompass Survey

If you were considering traveling for cancer treatment, which headline would you find more interesting?

Get $75 for taking a research survey

We care about your feedback. Let us know how we can improve your CancerCompass experience.