Feb 02, 2012 - 6:02 pm
Hello, I am new to the forum but I have been "lurking" since late November. My Mother was diagnosed with Stage IIIA esophageal cancer late last year. She is currently doing weekly chemo and daily radiation. She just started week 3 of 5. After week 5 she will "rest" for a month and then have the esophagectomy surgery.
She is finally getting some digestive relief. She can now eat again (she was down to a liquid diet, and very little at that). This morning she had french toast, an egg, and chocolate milk. She's thrilled, after 8 weeks of eating very little and losing nearly 30 lbs., she has had 5 days of eating 3 meals per day again. She mentioned this to her Doctor and he said she was in the "honeymoon period." Obviously this deflated her balloon. We assumed that it was evidence of tumor shrinkage. Has anyone else heard of this honeymoon period? I wasn't there to ask questions. She is tolerating chemo well, no hair loss or nausea, and she is tolerating radiation well also. Despite that, we feel like we're waiting for the floor to fall out from under us.
p.s. I'm overwhelmed by the knowledge and support that the members here offer. It's heartbreaking and comforting at the same time.