Jan 19, 2010 - 1:37 pm
My name is Duane, 48 years young. I live in Little Rock, Arkansas. I was diagnosed with EC on 10-16-09. Had surgery 11-20-09 and now on second round of chemo. Back prior to 1995 I was having issues with acid reflux, indigestion and the like. I was treated with normal acid reducing meds. Then I went to a Gastro Doctor and he did a scope and found a hiatal hernia and a few ulcers. I was then sent to a surgeon for a Nission procedure (1995) that sealed the hernia and cured the ulcers.
I had not had any issues with indigestion or reflux until June 2009. I put it off as stress with my job. It got worse as time went on and I finally went back to my Gastro Doctor and he expected to find Barretts Esophageas. Imagine his and MY surprise when he advised me I had a EC tumor the size of a lemon. The tumor was located exactly where they had done surgery back in 1995 for hernia.
So everything went into high gear for testing, surgeon, MRI, Scans and all that involved stuff. I have an excellent surgeon and oncologist. My issues now are dealing with eating different, as they removed 1/3 of my stomach and 1/3 of my esophageas. I am about to start my third round of chemo. I am having issues after chemo and started reading your comments and finding comfort as well as helpful hints that might just get me through this ordeal.
My main challenge today is finding that correct mix of nausea meds to help with problems after chemo. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.