Nov 06, 2009 - 4:48 pm
My first entry got lost in the CSN mystery place---so here I go again... (Why did I not list to Bill & Loretta M. and do it on a word document first???) I hate starting over..
My dad’s re-staging appts at Duke (post 6 weeks chemo & radiation) have done their job! All the tests CT PET, EUS show that everything has had a great response.
The large tumor in the lumen of the esophagus is not there (but Dr’s believe that there are probably cancer cells in the esophagus wall). The esophagus is quite inflamed though. All lymph nodes have shrunk considerably and the “questionable” one that one Dr had seen near the liver (but sis not light up on PET) was not visible! There are NO distant mets! Labs are good. So We will have to wait until next week appt with surgeon to see if and what kind of surgery will be recommended. He needs to gain some weight though. He has always been a small man and didn’t have much to loose---but he has lost overall about 20 lbs---doesn’t seem like much--but if you start at 150-155---that is a lot! He has a lot of pain with swallowing and little appetite, so this will be a challenge.
The Duke staff has been wonderful and my parents are totally satisfied with them. I worry that his particular surgeon may not be as experienced as others in the MIE....but I also don’t know if he even is a candidate for surgery, let alone MIE, since he has scarring from and very old lung surgery. I plan to look into this—prayerfully.
I literally prayed “for Thy will to be done...but it would be really great, God, for them to get good news this time”. I am so thankful that this was the case. I was also thankful & lucky to be able to with them to visit, enjoy their company, diffuse tensions when needed, ask questions, follow through on things and just support them. I also have a great hubby that held the fort down with our 4 kids!
Thanks for all your prayers and thought from this website. I have not been able to comment on all the great things I have seen lately on this site, but will try to get back in to it!