How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by gracie74 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 01:29 AM
Hi, my husband was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer stage 2b i would like to get any information about prognosis and what to expect , he is currantly taking chemo and radion and scheduled to have a surgery after that. We have a baby at home and i'm so terrified of everything ahead of us. What are the chances of long term survival of this stage and what was your treatment. Thank you for all responses.
by Aoife on Wed Jul 18, 2012 06:13 AM
As far as I know I was stage . I was only 32 at the time. I know that it was tough on my then fiance now husband but I am a 5 year survivor and have a son who is 2 and a daughter who is 1. Pregnancy helped me with eating more but that is only for women! Your child will not remember the first years when daddy was ill but he will still enjoy him when he is older.
by drn56 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:46 PM
I was diagnosed with stage 3 EC at age 51 in 2007. I underwent 5 weeks of radiation, a couple rounds of chemo (Cisplatin and 5FU), followed by surgery. I will celebrate (God willing) my 5th year of survivorship this November. I can do all things today that I did prior to EC, except that I need to watch what, when and how much I eat. It will take some time to adjust after the surgery--it took me at least 6 months to start feeling "normal" again.
Good luck to you and your family.
by betsi432000 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 08:08 PM
My husband is T3--was Her2 positive, had chemo (including herecptin) and radiation. He is having an esophagectomy Aug. 22. His cancer shrunk considerably following treatment. We are still pretty new and overwhelmed as well --have 4, 11 and 14 year olds at home. Just wanted to send support your way. Every day has brought new challenges. Yesterday we discussed how we should spend the five weeks before surgery in case something devastating occurred --going to Paris didn't seem practical. We talked about having him write letters for our kids milestones "just in case''. Two hours later we were having corn, green beans and potatoes and laughing and feeling carefree at our family dinner. We flip from intense emotion to intense emotion. It feels like having to deal with every life issue at one time instead of spreading issues and plans over decades. This forum has been a lifesaver for us. Pulling for you. Betsy
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