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cocomeo
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Joined: Jan 2006

Has anyone ever had surgery where they don't remove the whole esophagus? I have adenocarcinoma at the GE junction-why does the whole esophgus have to go?

AuthorUnknown
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Hello,

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Take care and be well,

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mv1959
Posts: 12
Joined: Aug 2004

In my surgery they took 12 cm of esoph. and 40% of my stomach. I had the same cancer you have.

SandyEggoToni
Posts: 1
Joined: Jan 2006

my surgery is scheduled in a week. can someone tell me if this surgery affected their voice? And how long was your recovery?

dawnsinger
Posts: 2
Joined: Sep 2005

I had this same surgery and it did not affect my voice. They removed two thirds of my esophagus and half of my stomach. But it had no effect on my speech

dawnsinger
Posts: 2
Joined: Sep 2005

My Cancer was at the juncture where the esophagus and stomach meet. I had two thirds of my esophagus removed and over half of my stomach removed.

glendala
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2006

My dad also has cancer in his esophogus and where it meets the stomach. He is considering surgery after many months of chemo and radiation. Can you share some of your experiences with surgery? Thanks.

dlballard
Posts: 1
Joined: Apr 2002

I to had adenocarcinoma at the GE juncture. My surgery was on Mar 22 2002. I was 52 at the time. It had penetrated the wall and a couple of my lumpth nodes were hot. I had 2/3 of my stomach and most of my esophagus removed along with over 20 limpth nodes. They opened me from the belly button straight up to the rib cage and from under my right arm around to almost my spine. They collapsed my right lung and then did the resection. I was very determined to recover. I woke up with 5 tubes coming out of me. I took all bags and the stand they were on and began walking the halls the next morning and continued to do so at least twice if not 4 times a day for a week. At which time I was released. I stayed at a nearby motel for another 4 days for appointments and checkups. I continued multiple daily walks throughout the coming year. With my new plumbing I experinced very painful cramp like back pains when I began eating solid foods about 4 days after surgery. They stayed with me for sometime until I learned a yoga type relaxation technique much like my wife learned at a child birthing class. About 9 months after the surgery I had 40 hyperbaric treatments to control scar tissue. I take daily doses of liquid green tea and mushroom extracts along with enzymes and a multi vitamin. I get a lot of stomach acid at times which I take tums and orange juice for.

The main thing is that your Dad gets mobile as soon as he can after surgery. Go to physical therapy as soon and often as he can.

I wish you and Dad the best of luck.

mpk70hotrod
Posts: 1
Joined: May 2006

i would like to know what surgeon you used, my husband has the same cancer and we were runnung into some walls as far as a surgeon is concerned.

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