Esophageal Cancer.liver,stomach

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Esophageal Cancer.liver,stomach

by Golden on Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:00 AM

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Hello,I am in shock,with my fathers diagnoses last Thursday, of Esophageal,Liver and Stomach cancer. Words just cannot describe how I am feeling,I am wondering when I will be woken up from this horrible nightmare.Wondering if anyone can help me,I have done my utmost since the news, by providing my parents with information, sympathy and lots and lots of love during this awful time,but I am now feeling incredibly guilty,as my dad had been complaining of tirednessfor a while, and feeling off colour. He did go to the doctor and doctors did do blood tests, which failed to reveal this awful disease, I feel angry at the doctor and myself for not being assertive enough at the time and demanding he have further tests etc. I am a single parent of two children, and work full time, and recently have not had the time to visit my parents. I feel that is all my fault, and through my own passivity this has occurred. Please help, Gabby..

Esophageal Cancer

by Anewdawn on Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:00 AM

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Dear Gabby, I am so sorry to hear about your father. I am a survivor (so far) of esophageal cancer, and have been cancer free for almost two years. I do not know if you are aware of this, but this website has a specific message board for esophageal cancer. Click on Cancers and look for the link to esophagus cancer. Everyone on this message board is dealing with esophageal cancer. There is also a message board for caregivers. Please post your message on these boards so that patients/caregivers that are dealing with this particular cancer can help you and your family. Also, please provide more information if you can. What stage is your fathers cancer? Where is he being treated? Is he having difficulty swallowing or eating? Please tell your father if he has not done so already to seek treatment with a major medical center that specializes in his type of cancer. Please keep us updated on your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as I know what a terrible disease this is. Please know also, that the road ahead is going to be very difficult.

i Understand - i am an Almost One Year Survivor

by Sak58 on Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:00 AM

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Gabby, Treatment is the key. I was Diag Apr 22, 2005 - Stage 4 (5cm tumor in esophagus and upper stomach with Mets to the liver. I underwent 12 sessions of chemo (Oxaliplatin, Lukavoarn, 5FU, avastin), visited MD Anderson for tests, and am completing 6 weeks of chemo/radiation (Cisplatin, avastin, 5FU) on Feb 24, 2006. My cancer is now undetectable. We are moving to a wait and scan method. Your dad can do this too, do not worry so much just show compassion as you can and love as you see fit. I am young, 47, which is in my favor. I have a wonderful support group consisting of my wife and five children then furthering itself by my mother, sister and her family. You have to give your father something to strive for. For me, I just refuse to give up. My prayes are with you, Steve

Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

by Queenbee on Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:00 AM

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Dear Steve K. How happy I am to read your story of survival. My father was just diagnosed two wks ago. He will now undergo chemo and radiation. He is 71 years old. Just today I was talking to my dad and he was convinced that the Dr told him yesterday that he has 1 1/2 yrs to live. I flipped. I think my dad misunderstood. I think the Dr meant without treatment he would have 1 1/2 yrs to live. The cancer is a tumour at the bottom of the esophagus where the stomach meets and it has spread to the lymphnode in his stomach only. The cancer is no where else but there. That to me, seems hopeful. I think the chemo will zap it...and prevent it from spreading further. Am I crazy? I think my father misunderstood the timeline....what say you? This is just an awful time for all of us..my brother's wife was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in 2005...so...it seems unending...Please send some words of wisdom...Thank you. Andrea

no Problems - Take Each Day as it Comes

by Sak58 on Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:00 AM

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Andrea, As everyone will say, sorry to hear about your dad. I think the docs meant that with treatment he has 1 1/2 years. Without treatment, the timeline is much shorter. However, doctors do not know everything. I was given eight months and here I am at 10 months doing very well. I have my days. I get tired, but that is just a great excuse to take a nap midday. Your dad will do as well as he wants to do. If he has a strong spirit and is stuborn as I, he too will beat the odds. I'll keep you guys in my prayers. Take care, Steve K

Dads Cancer

by Star29 on Fri Mar 24, 2006 12:00 AM

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hi, i am glad to hear you are doing well. my dad was diagnosed with esophagus cancer feb 2006. he is now in the hospital. they did surgery this month and decided not to take it out because it was spread to some lymphnods. they put in a feeding tube. now he is doing very bad lots of abdominal pain. swelling, no desire to eat. he went in very good and has gone down since his stay in the hospital. he now has e- colli in his stomach. does this sound right to you? we know nothing of this. do you have any suggestions? or cancer centers that specialize in this. it has been a month sice they diagnosed him and have just started radiation. we are so worried. he is only 50 yrs old with a wife,2 kids, and 6 grandchildren. pleas help

RE: i Understand - i am an Almost One Year Survivor

by Jackieg on Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 2/3/2006 Sak58 wrote:

Gabby, Treatment is the key. I was Diag Apr 22, 2005 - Stage 4 (5cm tumor in esophagus and upper stomach with Mets to the liver. I underwent 12 sessions of chemo (Oxaliplatin, Lukavoarn, 5FU, avastin), visited MD Anderson for tests, and am completing 6 weeks of chemo/radiation (Cisplatin, avastin, 5FU) on Feb 24, 2006. My cancer is now undetectable. We are moving to a wait and scan method. Your dad can do this too, do not worry so much just show compassion as you can and love as you see fit. I am young, 47, which is in my favor. I have a wonderful support group consisting of my wife and five children then furthering itself by my mother, sister and her family. You have to give your father something to strive for. For me, I just refuse to give up. My prayes are with you, Steve

hi there-

my dad was dx on thursday with stage 4 esophageal cancer with met to liver.  liver looks bad doc says.  really not much hope.  he says just pallative measures. we won't accept that.  going for 2nd opinion to roswell in buffalo.  everything i read confirms what dr, told dad.  but you have given me a glimmer of hope.  i hope you are still fighting and surviving,  but your story here no matter what happened still has at least given us a bit of hope.  this was very unexpected and devastating news.  dad is 73 and although he has had minor health issues he had been in fairly good health.  he is a 5 yr survivor of bladder cancer.  doc says this tumor is a new cancer.  please if you can offer some more feedback.  i hope god is taking care of you each day.  god bless.  jackie

RE: Esophageal Cancer.liver,stomach

by emmashu on Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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Gabby,

My father in-law was diagnosed this week with esophageal, liver and stomach cancer.  He is 75. 

I am so sorry to hear about your father.  Did your father respond to treatment?

 Laura

 

On 1/21/2006 Golden wrote:

Hello,I am in shock,with my fathers diagnoses last Thursday, of Esophageal,Liver and Stomach cancer. Words just cannot describe how I am feeling,I am wondering when I will be woken up from this horrible nightmare.Wondering if anyone can help me,I have done my utmost since the news, by providing my parents with information, sympathy and lots and lots of love during this awful time,but I am now feeling incredibly guilty,as my dad had been complaining of tirednessfor a while, and feeling off colour. He did go to the doctor and doctors did do blood tests, which failed to reveal this awful disease, I feel angry at the doctor and myself for not being assertive enough at the time and demanding he have further tests etc. I am a single parent of two children, and work full time, and recently have not had the time to visit my parents. I feel that is all my fault, and through my own passivity this has occurred. Please help, Gabby..

 

RE: i Understand - i am an Almost One Year Survivor

by michellenj on Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:00 AM

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steve,

this is wonderful news!!  how are you doing now??  i am a c aretaker to my boyfriend that was diagnosed with same.  chemo starts next week and im scared.  he has mets to the liver as well.. all other organs are clear. what am i to expect..  i would appreciate any words of encouragement!!!   michelle- nj

On 2/3/2006 Sak58 wrote:

Gabby, Treatment is the key. I was Diag Apr 22, 2005 - Stage 4 (5cm tumor in esophagus and upper stomach with Mets to the liver. I underwent 12 sessions of chemo (Oxaliplatin, Lukavoarn, 5FU, avastin), visited MD Anderson for tests, and am completing 6 weeks of chemo/radiation (Cisplatin, avastin, 5FU) on Feb 24, 2006. My cancer is now undetectable. We are moving to a wait and scan method. Your dad can do this too, do not worry so much just show compassion as you can and love as you see fit. I am young, 47, which is in my favor. I have a wonderful support group consisting of my wife and five children then furthering itself by my mother, sister and her family. You have to give your father something to strive for. For me, I just refuse to give up. My prayes are with you, Steve

 

RE: i Understand - i am an Almost One Year Survivor

by michellenj on Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:00 AM

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steve,

this is wonderful news!!  how are you doing now??  i am a c aretaker to my boyfriend that was diagnosed with same.  chemo starts next week and im scared.  he has mets to the liver as well.. all other organs are clear. what am i to expect..  i would appreciate any words of encouragement!!!   michelle- nj

On 2/3/2006 Sak58 wrote:

Gabby, Treatment is the key. I was Diag Apr 22, 2005 - Stage 4 (5cm tumor in esophagus and upper stomach with Mets to the liver. I underwent 12 sessions of chemo (Oxaliplatin, Lukavoarn, 5FU, avastin), visited MD Anderson for tests, and am completing 6 weeks of chemo/radiation (Cisplatin, avastin, 5FU) on Feb 24, 2006. My cancer is now undetectable. We are moving to a wait and scan method. Your dad can do this too, do not worry so much just show compassion as you can and love as you see fit. I am young, 47, which is in my favor. I have a wonderful support group consisting of my wife and five children then furthering itself by my mother, sister and her family. You have to give your father something to strive for. For me, I just refuse to give up. My prayes are with you, Steve

 

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