Jan 10, 2010 - 9:37 am
WOW! There is so much information and good advice in these discussions. My name is Arnold. My dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 EC on Nov. 12. 2009. Luckily he is still able to eat without a feeding tube. We have been to so many doctors and my dad has undergone the entire barrage of tests. Now the next step. He is beginning Chemo on Wednesday at Sloan-Kettering in NYC. It has been such a scary time. My dad just turned 69 in December and is in great health otherwise.
I am having a difficult time understanding some of the rationale talked about how to approach the EC. We started planning on the esophageal resection surgery but now the latest biopsy has found a small spot on the liver. Now the oncologist has basically ruled out surgery. They are hopeful that with aggressive chemo over the next 2 months they will be able to considerably shrink the tumors. Is this the typical approach? They are starting him on Inotecan (?) and a cisplatin.
So much to think about. It is such a great help when others, like you all, are sharing their experiences to help me figure this all out. I would just like to have one visit where we can get some good news. Or at least better news.
I pray a lot more these days.