Jan 22, 2009 - 12:28 am
Following a GI series for reflux-like symptoms that showed "transient thickening of gastric folds," I had an endoscopy back on Jan 5th to "rule out a mass." Well, a mass wasn't ruled out because sure enough there was one, 6 cm big and just below the esophageal junction. The little $#!%# was biopsied and sure enough, it was malignant. A CT scan (with contrast) showed that it had not gone through the stomach wall (good), that two lymph lodes were effected (hrm...) and that there was a "questionable" spot on my liver (uh oh).
My first appt. with the oncologist is on Friday at noon.
I'm trying to keep a good attitude, and I'm lucky to have the support of friends and loved ones.
I figure surgery and chemo are givens. But how much chemo? I've tried to find out on line how often and how much a person gets, and while I figure it depends upon the stage of the cancer, I can't even find that out.
Also, I've read that pre-surgery chemo is new thing that's improving the outlook for some folks. Anybody here had that?
Finally: what, if anything, helps when you start to feel a black mood come on?