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ippolito
Posts: 3
Joined: Nov 2002

Hi, I'm Chris. I'm 48 years old and have been diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer. I'm looking into the standard treatments that we all see. If you are reading this then you are probably being touched in some way by this condition. I keep finding people who are cancer free years after diagnosis, so it CAN be done. God bless you all. I intend to be here a long, long time.

nancye
Posts: 4
Joined: Dec 2002

My husband 54 was also recently diagnosed with EC (stage II). He will begin rad and chemo this week. He will be receiving 4-5 days of 24/7 Chemo drip with Rad 5 days a week for 4-5 weeks. This treatment route is with much consultation, thought, and prayer. We will keep you posted on results. Please keep us informed of your treatment decision.

ippolito
Posts: 3
Joined: Nov 2002

I think I will be doing the same treatment. I am being treated at Barnes/Jewish in St. Louis, Mo. I'l let you know what chemo as soon as I know. Do you know which chemo you will be getting? I will keep you posted and keep you in my prayers.

nancye
Posts: 4
Joined: Dec 2002

Completed the chemo (Taxol, Carboplatin, 5-FU) and continuing with the radiation. Doing good, weakness is the primary side affect. Second round of chemo scheduled in a couple weeks if all goes well. Have you began treatments? Is surgery considered an option in your treatment?

julie_at_psu
Posts: 5
Joined: Jan 2003

Are there any survivors, caregivers or helpful folks willing to help with a Senior Project at Portland State University? A team of students are creating education software to document preoperation, operation and post operation experiences for esophageal cancer patients. We are working with a Doctor at OHSU. The project will assist and educate newly diagnosed patients. We are willing to interview you via a cell phone or if you live in the Portland Area we would really appreciate (if you are willing) to film your interview. If you can assist us please e-mail me at julie_aldridge@yahoo.com Thank you and when the project is finished I will be certain that you recieve a free CD of the project. This will be free product for esophageal patients. God Bless.

julie_at_psu
Posts: 5
Joined: Jan 2003

Are there any survivors, caregivers or helpful folks willing to help with a Senior Project at Portland State University? A team of students are creating education software to document preoperation, operation and post operation experiences for esophageal cancer patients. We are working with a Doctor at OHSU. The project will assist and educate newly diagnosed patients. We are willing to interview you via a cell phone or if you live in the Portland Area we would really appreciate (if you are willing) to film your interview. If you can assist us please e-mail me at julie_aldridge@yahoo.com Thank you and when the project is finished I will be certain that you recieve a free CD of the project. This will be free product for esophageal patients. God Bless.

jenn_if_er1999
Posts: 12
Joined: Feb 2003

hi my father was just newly diagnosed also , he is 55 non - smoker or drinker and believed to be a t2no . they are scheduled for surgery on 21st and will see about chemo - radation pending biopsy results of lymph nodes . They are many people i have read about surviving and all things are possible thru Jesus Christ . I was wondering what all the options were that were given to you and if you would mind sharing them with me? Jenn_if_er1999@yahoo.com I will have you and your family in my prayers best of luck and long life .

jenn_if_er1999
Posts: 12
Joined: Feb 2003

hi My dad was just diagnosed in january and he just had surgery on the 21st of feb, I am hope ful that he will be fine the doc said the tumor was small about the size of a half dollar, located in the bottom of the esoph. we are waiting on biopsy reports about the lymph nodes now. I hope ur doing well and would like to know more about ur story. Jenn

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griffinherbert
Posts: 10
Joined: Mar 2004

Chris: Get the to a major cancer center now! Cancer of the esophagus is a killer. But, it is survivable. I spent just over eight months at University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. I did the chemo (no sweat) and radiotherapy (great fun). Then I had surgery; an Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy. I am now cancer free and healthy as a horse (or a horse's cousin)... It is not an easy path, but sure beats dying. The after effects are interesting; I don't eat much, but I eat often. I'll never lie flat again (no lower esophagel spinchter). But, I do get to fly!!

Lee

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