But many high-risk women who should get scanned don't, experts add
You just never know. I was diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinmoa of the G/E junction Jan. 2007. I had a year of treatment (chemo, surgery, chemoraditation, more chemo). 6 1/2 years later and I am still here. It can happen.
I had a year of treatment but it wasn't too bad, but I could have the post-partum syndrome where you forget how bad things were in retrospect. I had adenocarcinoma of the gastro/esophageal junction. My initial progrgnosis was dismal but I am now 6 1/2 years post diagnosis.
I had three rounds of chemo, Xeloda and Carboplatin. Then I had the Iver/Lewis surgery. Next was 5 weeks of radiation with daily Xeloda. Finally I had two more rounds of chemo. Treatment lasted almost one year but well worth it.
One big lesson I learned was to go to the infusion center ASAP when I had diarrhea, vomiting or couldn't keep my fluid intake up. I did learn my lesson after needing 3 days in the hospital to get my fluids and electrolytes stabilized.
I am six yrs post diagnosis for stage IV adenocarcinoma. I had a yr of treatment and one recurrence two yrs ago. Still going strong. Have her hang in there. I know it's rare but I am living proof that it can be beat.
Congratulations Donna. I am 6 yrs post diagnosis but had a recurrence two yrs ago. I get a CT every 6 mos and an endoscopy once a year. They will probably go to a yearly CT after this one.
Kevin, I had chemo radiation and chemo (Xeloda and Carboplatin) post surgery. It was tough but I''m glad I did it. I'm now 6 yrs post diagnosis of stage IV adenocarcinoma.
I had my esophagus dilated a couple times during routine endoscopies after surgery. The scarring at the anastomosis site contracts over time. No problems now. I am six yrs post surgery.
ALT/GPT tests for liver function. When they go up, it means the liver has some damage.
I had chemo before and after surgery. Had to delay chemo twice because of low platelets. Only had to delay a week or two. They decreased my carboplatin dosage. I don't think there is much you can do to raise platelet counts. They are made by the bone marrow.
Diagnosed with stage IV adenocarcinoma of the gastric/esphageal junction Jan. 2007. Course of treatment: chemo, surgery, chemo-radiation then more chemo. Finished treatment Nov. 2007. New mass and spleen removed in Jan. 2011. No new disease since.
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