Sep 27, 2010 - 11:16 pm
My husband, Dan, was diagnosed this January with early stage squamous cell esophageal cancer, high up in his neck. After a successful chemo + radiation treatment, there seems to be no evidence of cancer. But the surgeon and gastrologist on our team are strongly recommending surgery. The scary part of this is the location of the tumor - it is close to the larynx. They are going to do a procedure on October 14th to place a tiny bead of gold right above the dead tumor in the esophagus, followed by an X-ray. If the bead is above the collarbone, then surgery would (supposedly) likely take out his voice box. If the bead is below the collarbone, the surgery would be more like the "standard" surgery.
I know I am worrying before that appointment, but we are wondering how necessary is any surgery. They can't prove there are any cancer cells still there, but they can't prove their aren't. The PET-CT scan looks good, with just a few light-ups.
So, my questions for those of you who are more experienced:
* Has anyone had a successful "high-up" surgery, with preservation of the larynx?
Thank you so much for any advice you can provide. I've been lurking on this site since I found it about February. Some great advice and some wonderful success stories. I have the philosophy that given any stats, we are just going to believe we are in the good part of those statistics!
Blessings and gratitude to everyone here.