Jan 01, 2009 - 6:16 pm
My husband was diagnosed with EC with metastases to the lymph nodes 2 months ago. He refused the treatment offered nearby since he doesn't think it will help his survival chances (chemo and radiation with complete removal of esophagus).
We're checking out Cancer Treatment Centers of America to see if they may do some good...but it's stage 4. Has anyone ever survived stage 4 esophageal cancer?
Right now I'm having trouble coping more than he is. He's 49 and otherwise in good physical shape, and his job is to finish building our house (just the kitchen and bath to complete at this point). So he can take breaks during the day and take care of himself. I work at a teaching job (7th and 8th graders) and then come home to cook and make fresh vege juices and whatever else needs to be done around the house. Most of the time I take this on as something I want to do for him and myself, but sometimes it feels like I have 2 jobs and just collapse at the end of the day.
The worst part of it is that he seems to be on an emotional roller coaster as well. At times he is really loving, and then in a moment he strikes out in anger.