Sep 03, 2010 - 1:42 pm
Hi all, in talking with my brother he mentioned that when the radiation treatments begin, the initial reaction of the tumer may be some swelling, that could become enough to close off the esophagus partially or even completely. I know at that point a G or J tube would be done for nusishment. We wondered about normal saliva production, the swallowing of it, and what would happen then. Would it just pool at the tumor in the event the esophagus was completely closed off? I'm sure keeping from swallowing it is probably the best at that point, but I just thought about swallowing and not even thinking about it. I'm sure I'm over analyzing the situation, but I can do that, he said I was allowed.
Considering the swelling is said to be very temporary, he is against a stent if at all possible. Knowing down the road that may be unavoidable, but the thoughts right now are for the immediate future.
I am familiar with the feeding tube, my sister in law had one for some time, but she had a different problem at the time.
Thanks in advance for your replies.