May 03, 2011 - 12:56 pm
God is good.........I was diagnosed with EC on 04/07 after having chest and pain between my shoulder blades for two years and a couple of months having difficulty swallowing. My PET and CT scans did not indicate any mets but I thought I was probably still looking at stage III since my symptoms had been with me for so long. Met with the Chemo and Radiation Oncologists yesterday and was informed that I am T3N0Mx (Stage II) Why the Mx instead of M0 I don't know unless they're just being cautious. I was so elated I forgot to ask. I see my surgeon tomorrow for the initial consult. I start chemo and radiation for 5 1/2 weeks (Cisplaten and 5FU) in a week or so,then a recovery period and then MIE surgery which I'm estimating to be around the end of July or the first part of August. Surgery will be done by Dr James Meredith at Moffitt cancer center in Tampa.
My next hurdle I have to overcome is to deal with my cardiologist in getting permission to stop Plavix prior to surgery. I had three drug eluding stents placed in Dec 2010 and protocol calls for being on Plavix a minimum of one year. They did the scopes and biopsies without any problem and the cardiologist says he knows they can install a chemo port without cessation of Plavix, but the surgery may be a totally different animal. Has anyone had any experience with this issue?
I mean, wow, stop Plavix and "have a chance" of having a heart attack or foregoing surgery for 6 months and maybe let this EC kill me.
Thanks for everyone's prayers and support.