Findings underscore importance of prevention efforts
by Carolj03 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 09:41 PM
2 years September, I had stage 1 cancer of the esophagus and had the cancer removed along with 2/3 of my esophagus. I had a endoscopy done 3 months ago and it showed that what I have left of my esophagus was inflamed and also the lining of stomach (gastritis)..The doctor put me on carafate and doubled my protonix to 80 mg's twice a day...hoping to heal it. Just did another endoscopy and it is the same and now he says the Barretts has returned....has anyone had this happen and what was done about it?..I am very concerned that the cancer will come back...
by EricG on Mon Dec 19, 2011 06:46 PM
I'm sorry to hear that. My Barrett's hasn't returned yet (although I get an endo next week -- we'll see), but I did read recently that new studies show Barretts turns into cancer less often than they initially thought. It does happen, but it isn't as common as they once thought. So maybe lightening (new cancer) won't strike us both twice!
by Carolj03 on Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:02 PM
Let's hope that is true...My Endoscopy does show esophagitis. Trying to deal with that. The thing is, I have no symptoms and that makes it very scary. Have to rely on tests to see if everything is okay..
Have a Merry Christmas EricG and thanks for sharing...how did your endoscopy turn out?
by EricG on Mon Dec 26, 2011 01:40 AM
Merry Christmas to you too Carol! My endoscopy is next Friday (I misspoke before, it wasn't last week).
by Carolj03 on Mon Dec 26, 2011 08:47 PM
Good luck and I hope all the tests come out fine!!!
by Carolj03 on Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:39 PM
How are you doing EricG? did your tests come out okay? I have been wondering and hoping for the best for you...
by EricG on Thu Jan 05, 2012 04:15 AM
Hi Carol -- thanks for asking. I just got the biopsy result today -- all clear, no cancer. I had some inflammation, but I'm relieved it wasn't cancer.
by Carolj03 on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:05 PM
that's good news Eric...I just found out myself that I have Esophagitis and not Barretts....thank goodness. I have had so many Biopsies that I think that is the reason for the inflammation. I am having another scope in March....I sure hope all is well then...so far I seem to be doing pretty good.I am still a little anemic (I think I have been doing a little bleeding in the esophagus caused from all the biopsies I bet) The main thing is that there is no cancer....
by phaedraco on Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:37 PM
Congrats on the all clear, Eric. That's fantastic!
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