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by PaulsBabySister on Thu Apr 12, 2012 09:34 PM
My brother was dx with Stage 4 EC in Oct. 2011. He has mets to the liver and bone. After the first round of chemo the tumor in the esophagas has shrunk, but the liver showed more tumors, plus they had grown. The scan after second round of chemo, with herceptin added showed liver tumors still growing and tumor in esophagas growing again. We were told that 3rd round chemo has less that a 5% chance of being successful. Conferred with a different group of drs who recommended y-90 to hopefully shrink the liver tumors and add 6-12 months to his life. Has anyone done this and been successful. He is very sick and fatigued and not sure if he wants any more treatment unless he has a really good chance of feeling better...not just adding length to his life. He is 61 years old and just lost his wife to cancer in Dec. of 2010. It is breaking my heart to see him go through this. Any help would be appreciated.
by Daddysgirl75 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 05:24 PM
by PaulsBabySister on Fri Apr 13, 2012 08:32 PM
Thank you for your reply. I am so saddened that there are so many people going through this, but also so thankful that we are here together for support and information.
They found the spot on my brothers bone when they did the last pet scan a couple weeks ago. Right now his biggest problem is his liver. They said they cannot radiate the esophagas, bone and liver, so they treat the worst area. They said they have had good luck with the procedure they're wanting to do now. They put y-90 radioactive beads directly into the liver tumors and hopefully it will shrink or at least slow down their growth. This is not supposed to have as many side effects as chemo. And, since more chemo will probably not help he is so worn down from it that he will not try it again.
I will pray that your dad's chemo is successful and that God gives you and your family the strength and comfort you need.
by Daddysgirl75 on Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:25 PM
by PaulsBabySister on Sat Apr 14, 2012 04:17 AM
by Daddysgirl75 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:46 AM
by PaulsBabySister on Sun Apr 15, 2012 03:53 AM
by miracle32 on Mon May 21, 2012 01:53 AM
I'm so sorry you guys are all going through this. What are the survivor stories out there? What is the best hospital? Have you guys heard of any clinical trials?
by lovedad on Mon Jun 04, 2012 04:34 AM
How is your dad doing? My dad had the same cancer. He passed away on April 5th. My prayers are with your family. This cancer is just awful to fight.
by crayfish on Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:03 AM
Just wanted to mention that back / shoulder pain is a symptom of EC - also at the sternum. I think the tumor kind of draws your chest in and your shoulders over.
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