Jul 09, 2011 - 10:27 pm
My name is Denise, and my dad who just made 65 last month was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer towards the lower part, near the stomach area. Symptoms started in the first week of May with "acid reflux" like symptoms, including throwing up. His MD gave him an RX for Nexium AND Pepto Bismol, told him to give the meds 2 weeks to take effect, if it doesn't get better, to call. I was already suspicious and upset because he was still throwing up even AFTER the Nexium was being taken. I called the office, they told me to have him come in so that an x-ray could be taken, they thought it was a blockage to his small intestine, told him that he needs to do another test which he needed to do the barium drink. After that, the "blockage" looked suspicious which furthered more tests, that resulted as esophageal cancer. My dad would go the doctor twice a month EVERY month, had numerous x-rays, blood work and was on it with his health. I just don't understand how this could happen. THE DOCTOR'S NEVER STAGED HIM, had a team of oncologists and surgeons who worked on a treatment plan with him as well as my mom. Till this day, no stage was given, although I did happen to see a report for his insurance company that said it was T4N3 (Stage III), there was NO "M". At the time when they disclosed that it was indeed cancer, they took a PET scan and found that IT WAS CONTAINED, it didn't spread to any other organs. I'm scared, confused and unsure what to do from here. As of right now, my dad is on day 22 of chemo (has a port surgically implanted) as well as a G tube placed from late May. One good thing is that he is able to eat NOT fully solid foods, i.e. watermelon, fresh peaches, sweet potatoes, AND is able to keep it down. I told my mom we should maybe get a second opinion from someone who specializes in this type of cancer. This feels like it's a terrible nightmare that we need to hurry and wake up from. Unfortunately, it's a reality that's difficult for me to grasp, Lord knows how my dad and mom are feeling. My dad is currently on Jevity 1.5, we're also giving him Kefir probiotics, Beta Glucan and Maitake D through his G tube. Not too sure when another scan will be taken to see if the tumor shrank. I hope it didn't spread in the meantime.