Hi group- am new to this forum. Let me just put it all out there.
My mom emailed me the other morning to say that she had had an upper GI and biopsy and the results were "not good".
The GI doc said she had the "start" of a tumor in her esophagus and they could not operate because it would require they would have to take out the "entire" esophagus. (mind you I am an OR nurse and those two statements don't seem to make sense).
She has an appt with a radiation oncologist on the 29th of July. I will be traveling from Wyoming to Upstate New York to be with her.
She is 79 years old and doing fantastic after a bout with lymphoma in 2007- last Scans all negative. She is very active, eats well but my big concern is she starts this battle at 97lbs soaking wet!!
Her only symptom was a burning when drinking liquids and as many on this site have said- we expected reflux or some easily dealt with thing.
I am having her call her gastroenterologist to find out the pathology findings from the biopsy in the am. We are pretty scared even though we don't know exactly what we are dealing with. He told her he expected Radiation Therapy to be her treatment.
I would appreciate any info regarding treatment centers, experience with older patients etc. My mom said she is not ready to "quit" yet so we need to know where to start fighting.
Thanks and best wishes to all the survivors and the families supporting them!