My husband was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in Aug. 2009, went thru chemo/rad for 6 weeks Had Ivor Lewis surgery Jan 2010. I'm so thankful he was diagnosed early. It has been a journey for both of us. We have had post op issues, the scar tissue has shrunk his esophugus opening and going back every week to have it balloned (dialitation). We both expected when you have it removed you will be able to eat again, but just trying to make lifestyle change and that's ok. The drs say it will eventually stay open.