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  • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

    Hi Jenny.  I hope today finds you not so stressed.  This disease sucks.  There is no doubt about it.  And you will find some very dark 'stuff' here on the internets, including on this board.  It is a pretty dark subject.  But, as you can see from postings by Aoife and others, this disease can be beat.  My wife was 38 when she was diagnosed.  She was not able to have surgery bec...

    March 25 at 5:30 PM view post
    • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

      Congratulations, Donna!  That is great news, indeed. My wife just passed her 5th anniversary post-treatment in November.  She began as 3a/4b with some local lymph node involvement and the sucker had also invaded her trachea. Her very first CT since treatment showed marked improvement and every one since has shown No Evidence of Disease.  The plan is to have a CT scan once per year now since the esoph...

      December 17, 2012 view post
      • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

        Hello, My wife was diagnosed in July of 2007 with squamous cell cancer in her esophagus that had invaded her trachea and had possible mets to nearby lymph nodes.  The tracheal involvement ruled out surgery so she had tough doses of 5FU and Cisplatin along with 39 rad treatments.  She has had No Evidence of Disease since being scanned in Jan of 2008 until now.  Next month will mark her 5th year since t...

        October 17, 2012 view post
        • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

          My wife is a survivor.  In 1 month, she will have a scan that will mark 5 years since treatment ended.  We're confident that it will go as all others have so far and show no evidence of disease.  This is impressive considering she was 3b/4a when diagnosed.  Thanks go to the miracle workers at Mass General Hospital.  You can not do any better than this team: Medical Oncologist:  Dr. Jenn...

          October 11, 2012 view post
          • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

            If you're looking on the east coast, consider Mass General along with those you already listed.  They have worked miracles with my wife.  They see so many patients that nothing is a surprise, as is the same for most major cancer centers.  They're also on the forefront of a lot of new technology and treatment options.  I would go to any of the centers that you named if I were local to them.  M...

            May 31, 2012 view post
            • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

              My wife was diagnosed at Stage 3 with possible lymp node involvement.  A scope found that the tumor had also invaded her trachea, which made the tumor inoperable. With surgery out of the equation, we were quite scared.  I will always remember talking to the radiational oncologist about this fear.  He smiled and said don't worry, I do this all the time and will do all I can to cure you.  And he di...

              May 31, 2012 view post
              • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

                Hello Dan, My wife was diagnosed with Stage 3B EC almost 5 years ago.  Her cancer invaded her trachea and maybe a lymp node or two.  Her cancer was classed as non-operable but we were always told that a cure was their aim.  And it looks like we're there with just chemo and radiation.  It does happen...... I write to tell you that and that also the only time that she was hospitalized through the ...

                May 31, 2012 view post
                • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

                  Hello Michelle, My wife was 38 when diagnosed with Stage 3 Squamous cell EC.  The first few weeks were a numb blur as you first hear the words, then start to get a picture of treatment and worse, when you look up chances of survival online.  What we learned in time was that there was a whole different way of thinking of people like yourself who are young and without the typical life history of this disease...

                  April 27, 2012 view post
                  • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

                    Hi.  My wife needed a trach becasue the tumor had invaded her trachea and they knew that it would swell some during treatment and they wanted to avoid it closing. I won't say it was easy to care for but it was not too bad.  She had hers in for almost 3 months as she went through chemo and radiation.  She was able to talk by capping it as mentioned above.  I seem to remember her using her finger f...

                    April 25, 2012 view post
                    • klamp0922 has replied to a post on the message board

                      Hello, Aoife.  I am thinking about you.  I hope all is well.

                      January 19, 2012 view post
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