Well spent way too many hours yesterday getting my treatment plan. Saw 4 drs, all were nice.
I will have 5.5 wks of radiation and two bouts of chemo, but this was the surprise, in the hospital. The chemo dr said they had to admit people so much during chemo that they now put you in the hospital for 5 days at the beginning of your radiation cycle and then for 5 days after the 4th wk of radiation. Cisplatin and 5 FU (very appropriately named) and so they told me about all the side effects and since I have barely a week and some days, have to have a colonoscopy before Labor Day. And set me up for a pulmonary function, heart clearance from my cardio dr and other stuff. It was way too much information. My surgery will be six weeks after my radiation etc ends. My dr is going to be on maternity leave so the head of the Cancer Institute will be doing the surgery. They told me they remove an esophagus a week and have two 80 yr old ladies who are doing fine after all this. I am kind of numb and just hope that I can do it. My husband is very sad about all this but I keep trying to tell him the positive that so many people survive. He has a benign parathyroid thingy that will have to be removed during all this so he stops losing calcium from his bones, so it just seems like a lot happening at once. Having a mental health day today, my 12 and 11 yr old grands are coming over to spend the last day of their summer vacation with me, so won't be thinking of all the medical stuff. We will be doing fun things. thanks again for all the information and support you all have given me, I go in the day after Labor day.