Nov 03, 2009 - 9:20 pm
This is my first post to this group. I have checked posting a couple of times since my husband was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in July and have found it helpful, thank you. Discussion boards are new to me, please forgive any novice mistakes.
He has compleated 5 weeks of radiation and 5 rounds of chemo. The first 3 rounds put him in the hospital. He had a dose reduction for round 4 and 5 and did well. Radiation was okay, no major problems. He will start the 6th round tomorrow, and hopefully it will be the last.
So far 2 PET scans and a CT scan show continued inprovement but it is hard to get a grasp on weather it is enough of a response. We have been able to stay focused on the positive, and we have many things to be grateful for. What is really tough right now is the fatigue and inability to focus. Even following a TV program is hard. I am familliar with the term "chemo brain" and it describes my husband. Right now he is fustrated/scared that the fatigue won't get better(we are only 2 weeks out of radiation) and he won't get his mind back and most of all will interfere with treatment.
Food has not been a problem, he has a stint and an appetite so he is getting nutrition, even puting on weight. He has also received blood transfusions to help with anemia.
Any ideas on how to overcome the fatigue would be greatly appreciated. Any other comments are welcome too.