Dec 08, 2002 - 11:18 am
On October 30th of this year I was diagnosed with Stage I esophageal cancer and am receiving radiation five days a week and chemo one day a week. The prognosis is very good; in fact, I think the tumor, which is in the center of my esophagus, is just about all shrunken now, but I'm having a side effect in the form of chest pain from the radiation treatments, or which I have 24 yet to take of the 36 which were prescribed for me, plus the six chemo treatments, of which I've already had three. I've read in a booklet that I was given about radiation treatments that this side effect of the radiation is normal, so I just took some Advil to relieve the pain and am otherwise feeling pretty good, just somewhat depressed from time to time, which I guess is also to be expected. Surgery is an option, but only an option, and is not being recommended. My cancer is the result of acid reflux disease, which I've had for 35 yrs. now. As you may have heard, over time, it wears away the lining of your esophagus and is a precursor to cancer. Anyhow, I would love to correspond with people who have had or are currently receiving treatment for this type of cancer and to know how you're coming along or if you've completed your treatments, how you are feeling and how long you've been a survivor. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org, and my name is Dena. Thank you.