Apr 03, 2012 - 6:21 am
Hi all and thanks for all the support you have offered me in the early stages of this diagnosis. The results from my biopsy came back with "adenocarcinoma of the gastric cardia", which is a cancer that has formed in the glands that are located at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. It has invaded the esophagus. Apparently it is very rare and aggressive. See the cardiac/thoracic surgeon/oncologist tomorrow and will go from there. I have already made the decision that the last resort option is the surgery, and depending on the stage, will go with every other alternative first. After reading of your experiences I am still reluctant to undergo the surgery. I am 58, and have had a pretty good life, and I don't think I would be able to cope, both physically and mentally with some of the experiences I have read on here that have occurred post operative. Also I have cardiac issues so I do carry a high risk status with the surgery.
Have the questions ready for tomorrow and really want to ensure that my surgeon knows how I feel. His wife died of breast cancer and he established a foundation over here for respite holiday homes for cancer patients, so he is personally familiar with the trauma involved with Cancer, so I believe I will be in good hands. He also has experience in cardiac surgery, so I think I have hit the right doc. And more importantly he works out of my local area.