Aug 30, 2009 - 8:47 am
My husband had a endoscopy was told he had esophangeal cancer in May 2009, a ct scan done a week later show that the cancer was in the lymph nodes with some node's from 15mm to 17mm. the first week of june husband ended up in the hospital the first time for 9 days. that is when we got the results that his cancer was stage t3,n1,m0, we was told what to expect in the next few months. He had a feeding tube inserted as he had already lost over 60 pound since begining of april when he notice that he was having problems getting food to stay down.
A few days before he was to start his chemo he thought he was having a heart attack husband had, had a heart attack two years before, so another ct scan was done on heart and showed tha he was not having a heart attack, but the lymph node's (17mm to 22mm) were larger over a two week time period. He started 1st round chemo two days later, stayed 5 days in hospital for the chemo treatment. on the 5th day come home from hospital, but didn't stay home long only 4 days and ended back in hospital for 13 days as he was so so sick from the chemo and radiation treatments, barely home 4 days. before we knew it was time to go through the second round of chemo which they lower the doseage by 25%, this time he stayed in the hospital 23 days.
Five weeks of radiation and the last round of chemo had pet scan results not what was expected. was told that might have infection in the paraspinal muscles, as per docter cancer was unlikely to spead here. needed a mri to determined. husband ended up in hospital again as his blood pressure had dropped so low.
After another ct scan and a biopies was taken from the spine and paraspinal muscle and a mri show that the cancer has spead to the spine and spinal muscles in husband back. so now cancer is t4,n1,m1, and so now we no longer have the option of surgery to remove his esophengeal tumor and husband is not sure he want to go through anymore chemo treatment as he has been so sick and his health has gone down so much in the past 3 months, he has lost over 91 pounds to date, can barely tolarated any feeding throght his feeding tube and in alot of pain.
we have a docter appointment later in the month to see what our other options are but not overly postive on what the future hold for him (us).