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before you had cancer

When you speak of swallowing, I know exactly what you mean. Trouble is you are used to eating one way for years and now you have to avoid certain hard food and other you have to cut small and eat slowly. Been there. But things could be worse. Enjoy what you can do because you had cancer and can still do. Enjoy life...its a great gift.

What did i do to become Cancer free?

Many will not accept this, but I realize at the age of 80 I could not beat Cancer. I turned it over to The Lord....time passed and a confused Doctor look at me and said......

"George...you don't have Cancer anymore"

God Bless

I was 78 when told I had Esophageal Cancer. Hit me hard, was in critical condition for a month. Lost 90 lbs. Last month i was told after 5 years, i am free and clear of Cancer!

On Jan 16, 2017 4:38 PM Dmdoughty wrote:

My husband is one month post treatment for base of tongue CA with mets to lymph nodes.  37 radiations treatments and 4 Cisplatin rounds.  He has a G-tube that he uses almost exclusively for his nutrition and hydration but is REALLY wanting to eat again.  He has tried many different food items with only a few that have "worked".  His taste is starting to return which is wonderful, saliva still an issue and probably always will from what we understand but the worst is what seems like a very tiny narrowed esphagus.  Just about everything is getting stuck, even the tiniest of things until he gags and eventually throws it up.  This was not a side effect we were told about and am not too sure if it will eventually get better or if there is something that can be done to help this.  If you have experienced this please let me know if there is anything that can help or if its a time issue and what foods did you find easier to eat. 

Thanks!

Hi ...Had 40 radiations treatments. I just that it created scar tissues therefore narrowing my opening to digest food. I had it widden to no avail. I have learned to forget steak, chicken, turkey and pork chops. I cut my food up small, eat slow and created a list of food that causes me the least problems.

Like spaghetti and some pasts. What has happens for decades you eat with no problems. Now our minds have a problem reconizing we can no longer eat the old way. I was stage one 8 years ago and am stage one today. Hang in there, adjust your eating habits and you will be fine.

God Bless

George


Great ...another one who is beating Esophageal Cancer.

My email is 

If anyone wants to talk


George

On Jan 12, 2017 2:49 AM JanaB wrote:

I was diagnosed with stage esophageal cancer almost exactly a year ago. I had a gall bladder attack in late December that sent me to the emergency room. Susequent tests found the cancer and a really bad gall bladder that had to come out before I could start treatment. I had 5 weeks of chemo and radiation, 8 weeks of recuperation, then surgery July 1. I returned to work late August. I had a feeding for 6 weeks before I was okay to eat solid food. The surgeon removed 1/3 of my stomach and esophagus. I still have some trouble swallowing, unless I chew my food up very well and have something to drink to help it go down. I've lost about 85 lbs, but was pretty overweight to begin with. I have my 6-month CT scan next month to make sure nothing is growing back. My surgeon assured me that he got it all and I didn't need additional chemo for which I was very grateful. So far so good, except for a few nights with acid reflux, despite taking Prilosec every day. I have to stop eating at least 2 hours before bed time. I also try to eat several small meals a day, since I can only handle about 8 or so combined ounces of food and liquid at a time. I also take a multi-vitamin/mineral tablet and pro-biotics.  I also take an herb called anamu(Guinea hen weed) which is supposed to have anti-cancer properties and turmeric, also anti-cancer. So there is hope for a cure.

I saw your notice on Cancer Compass and had to reply.  Many of your remarks are a mirror of mine. I had the operation for esophageal cancer 8 years ago.  A mistake was made after the operation and i was in critical condition for 30 days and lost 90 by the end of 2009. But i am still in stage one today. Yes i do have eat a little at a time. I was told i had a "pull through" procedure so my stomach is pull up and attached to the throat and shoulder area. I did not have my chemo and radiation(8 weeks) until 5 years later.  That is when the problem with eating and swallowing started. I can not eat very solid food like steak,  pork, chicken etc.  I do have to cut my food very  small and chew each amount fully. Once in awhile i make a mistake and gag on my food. This i have to be very carefull in a restuarant. At home my family is used to it.I have adjusted my life to concentrate on what is important.

My family and sports lol. I enjoy the Yankees, Giants and Knicks to my sadness. I now run a Cancer Support Group at at local church and i am in the process of starting another. I strongly suggest you get hooked up with one. If can be of any further help just send me a note.

God Bless

George Ford 

I had a Esophageal "pull through" seven years ago. Lost 90 bls. I was in such poor condition i could not have Chemo or Radiation. Five years later (2.5 years ago) it came back. Then two months of Chemo and Radiation. I have gained 20 lbs back. During that time i had a knee replacement, twice scatica, 26 stitches on my face. The suvivial rate is 10% for five years. I am now nearing my eight year. I realize now the God has a purpose for me. That with God (Romans 8:31) on your side, who or what can be against you. I have started a Cancer Support Group in Marlboro, NJ. I feel that my experience can help others and theirs can help me.


George Ford

By junction if you mean where the Esophageal meets the stomach?  Yes than me. I had a "pull through" seven years ago. Since my condition was poor i could not have Chemo and Radiation after the operation. So after 5 years it came back. At that time (2.5 years ago) i had the Chemo and Radiation. 

I have been having a problem swallowing solid food as my throat has swollowed. Had it widen twice to no avail. But i am Stage one after 7.5 years. 

Hope this helps. If you want reply

George Ford

I have been fighting Esophogeal Cancer for 7 years.

MY Esophogeast was removed at that time, Chemo,

Raditaion, knee replacement, skin cancer, scatica followed.

Life is the greatest gift our Creator can give us.

Be encouragement to those fighting the same.

See those your love each day and thank God for

each day.

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