Apr 26, 2012 - 11:56 am
My husband was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in July 2010. He underwent 35 radiation and 2 chemo treatments. Then in February 2011 he experienced breathing problems and the cancer was back. He had a larynectomy and the back of his throat had to be reconstructed due to radiation in March 2011. Everything was going good until he decided to have a procedure done for the TEP to help him speak.
When the surgeon was doing the procedure, he scoped him first and found a small tumor right where he would have done the procedure. He biopsied it right away and it has been diagnosed as T2 SCC cervical esophagus. PET/CT scan found no spread of the cancer. They say this is a 2nd primary and on May 4th he will see the radiologist and medical oncologist about starting treatment.
We have been told that surgery would not be without complicatons and that radiation and chemo would be the way to go since the tumor is small and hasn't spread.
What types of chemo are used for this type of cancer. He had cisplatin the first time and had kidney issues but part of that was his fault for not drinking enough fluids. He also had a feeding tube from August 2010 until May 2011. Will he need another one. Naturally we are scared. I have been reading a lot about esophageal cancer, he hasn't. I lost an Aunt to this cancer last October after a 3 1/2 battle.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.