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esophagus endoscopic mucosal resection with pdt

rmkbrad
Posts: 177
Joined: Dec 2009

Has anyone had this, I have been researching it since my andecarcinoma EC is stage 1 or maybe smaller according to the PET scan, I was looking for alternate treatments. The doctors that I have been dealing with so far have not been in support of anything but an esophogetomy. So I am looking for personal feedback on these procedures, one or both. Who does this, prefered on west coast, but will travel. I see it as after they cut out my esophagus I can't go back and try something else, with EMR and PDT I can always have the esophogetomy done afer.

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Brad

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Donna70
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Joined: Aug 2009

Hi,
Have you had an EUS yet? The drs cannot be sure how small it is just from the PET scan. I started out with a small lesion that did not even show up on the PET scan but was positive for cancer from the EGD biopsy and then after my EUS, was dx'd with Stage II and then rapidly went downhill to Stage III with 1 lymph node. Not to scare you but the PET scans do not show the whole picture. Also, you definitely need another opinion to make sure you are staged properly before you go ahead with any kind of surgery. Your chances of survival increase if it is a higher stage with complete esophagectomy, but I am sure there are other procedures if you are lucky enough to have a very early stage. Good luck to you!!
Donna70

rmkbrad
Posts: 177
Joined: Dec 2009

I had an EUS that staged it at T1

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