May 07, 2009 - 9:12 am
I've posted this on the colorectal board as well
On April 7th, 2009 I had rectal bleeding from 7pm thru 5am prompting my visit to a gastroenterologist on the morning of the 8th. I had dismissed prior blood in stool as being related to hemorrhoids for over a year. Aside from an obvious need for a stat colonoscopy, regular questioning by the physician's assistant regarding my heartburn I had for over 15 years made for an investigative (and life saving) upper endoscopy. I had been simply popping antacid tablets successfully quenching the fire. It is almost as if the major bleeding I had was a swift kick in the rear to go do something about it. Thanks to that, the esophageal adenocarcinoma was found early on.
4/9/09 Colonoscopy confirmed rectal tumor, Endoscopy revealed suspect tissue near a section of Barrett’s Esophagus. Biopsies taken of both.
4/9/09 Gastroenterologist immediately sent me for a CAT Scan that same afternoon.
4/10/09 Biopsies came back positive for two different Adenocarcinoma's (Rectal and Esophageal) just 10 days shy of my 40th B-Day!
4/14/09 Endoscopic Ultrasounds of Rectum and Esophagus at South Miami Hospital resulted in prelim staging of T-3 for both tumors. No Metastasis, No Lymph node involvement confirmed.
Then the blur of multiple doctors’ appointments began:
Surgeons have differing surgical approaches. Some offer minimally invasive laparoscopic approach. Others favor traditional open approach.
4/27/09 UM Sylvester repeats Endoscopic Ultrasound due to discrepancies of measurements and exact location of esophageal tumor as reported by South Miami Hospital.
More and more meetings to arrive at treatment plan. My case is discussed in numerous cancer boards in multiple hospitals. (Yes, I obtained a 3rd opinion as well from the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fl)
5/1/09 Port placement in upper chest for chemo
5/5/09 CT simulations complete. Permanent tattoos for pelvic radiation.
5/7/09 Chemo and Radiation begins (just 30 days from diagnosis):
These "C" things have received their eviction notices. Sheriff will be escorting all malignancies out with no mercy!
I'm ready for this! Hit me with treatment hard! Gotta get over both of these "C" things soonest.