My dad was diagnosed with EC in Feb of 09....he had the radical chemo and radiation....after numerous stints at 3 rehabs, 5 hospital stays, and 3 different j-tubes in the dejenum??...the last PET scan showed no other cancer and the original tumor has shrunk and no signs of "life" in the tumor.
PROBLEM: my father has not eaten by mouth for 8 months and is scared to death to take anything in. he is scared to death of throwing up....speech therapists have tried to talk to him but to no avail. the surgeon will not do the surgery until my father is stronger. he is 77 years old and went from 230lbs to 171lbs. so he definitely needs more nutrition other than the feeding tube he's on. has anyone else with esophageal cancer or family member had this same problem and if so, is there any suggestions anyone has to help us.
we've tried every food imaginable and he simply won't put anything in his mouth for fear of gagging and/or eventually throwing up. right now he is his own worst enemy and the whole family is very frustrated....