Small trial suggests the scans might help, but experts aren't so sure
by kaygl on Fri Jan 28, 2011 05:46 PM
My father age 93 was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, we think stage 4, into the lump nodes. He is too old for chemo and refuses radiation. They suggest a stent, which he has been thinking, and he has much difficulty with solid foods, drinking proteen drinks soft foods, liquids,. Has anyone had a stent? is it permanent? and is it working for you? we are concerned it might cause more of a problem. He has an apointment on Monday to discuss and probably put it in. He has lost 25 pounds and is very uncomfortable, not happy with his situation, if he could only eat, but he is losing strength and hope. Otherwise he has been a very health man all his life, never smoked or drink alcohol. He lives by himself and takes care of himself in his home. We visit him every other day and help as much as we can. Kind of a stubborn guy. thank you. Karen, Dyer Indiana
by eastwest on Thu Feb 03, 2011 03:56 PM
Hi Karen My husband had first E stent March 2010. Then he was able to eat again! That dr removed it in May saying it could not remain. Of course their diagnosis was wrong too so don't believe that! In June 2010 he was properly diagnosed with EC. By then the tumor had made a hole to airway called a fistula and he got pneumonia from that. It was either have a stent or he would not have survived. Even saliva was going into airway. Stent placed and he was then able to take food and liquids though we still thicken liquids at times for easier passage. Thickness of foods was problem and no bread or pasta passed. Some chemo and the month of radiation. No surgery as he is stage 4 with mets to lymph nodes and lung. Tumor shrunk. Then growth around stent had to be lasered off as he was unabel to eat again. The following week fistula opened from tumor shrinking. He now has 2 stents in E. They called them kissing stents. lol He is now eating 100% better. So I say yes to stents. Irene
by kaygl on Fri Feb 04, 2011 02:56 PM
Irene, thank you so much for your reply. It gives us hope. Our Dad is having the stent put in today, wehope it helps him some. He has lost so much weight. His spirits are down sometimes, its so difficult for him, but he is a trooper and a strong guy. we have been trying to learn as much as possible about all of this. Sometimes the doctors don't have the answers. Prayers for your husband, please let us know how he is doing. I will give you a report from our end. It was so nice to hear some good news. Karen
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