Nov 30, 2009 - 8:59 pm
My husband, age 55, was recently diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer, we went to three oncologists and they all had the same opinion. They suggested chemo, not radiation, since it was not curable because it had spread to the liver, abdomen, lymph nodes, etc. He is starting chemo this week, cisplatin and cpt11. Has anyone been on this combination of chemo drugs and what can I expect. I am so nervous about the chemo, have never been around anyone with cancer, and do not know what to expect. He has already lost 50 pounds in two months, has a very hard time swollowing, some I think is physcial and some psych. The doctor put him on paxill two weeks ago and doubled the dose today to 20 mg daily. He did not want to do the chemo however, the doctors says without it, he would only live for about three months. Can you please explain how chemo works and what will he be like afterwards.