May 19, 2012 - 12:48 am
If your oncologist immediately gives up and says "There is no cure for you, only palliative treatment", immediately get a second opinion from a top-level cancer center.
My Doctor wouldn't even stage me. I had no idea there was such a thing until I found this site.
Just cancer in the esophagus and lymph nodes does NOT preclude surgery and "No Evidence Of Disease"!
I was initially told I was terminal due to a Pet Scan that wasn't particularly accurate. MRIs told a different story.
I supposedly had metastasis to the brain and spine. Nope. Not even close. Sadly the cancer DID metastasize, but to the adrenals, and only later. But get a second opinion. Things flow quickly, and there are just too many doctors that give what seems to be wildly inaccurate diagnoses and treatment regimens.
Any decent insurance should readily cover a 2nd or even third opinion.