Jun 01, 2012 - 9:52 am
I'm new here, but was diagnosed with a 4 cm tumor at the E-G Junction on April 24.
All the testing and appointments seem to move too slowly for me.
I had CT Scan, Barium Swallow test, PET scan and Esophageal Ultrasound through mid-May and ultimately diagnosed as T2N0M0 (stage 2a).
I had an appointment with Dr. Mark Orringer at the University of Michigan last week and he referred me to Oncologist (Dr. Urba) and Radiation Oncologist (Dr. Hayman) prior to surgery. I have my Oncology appointment next Tuesday (June 5) and Radiation on June 14.
My question is timing of starting treatment and the sequence of chemo and radiation. I'm scared of waiting too long to start treatments.
- Can (or will they) start chemo before even having the radiation conultation?
It seems like I am looking at several more weeks before treatment begins if I have to wait through all the appointments. It will be 2 months since original diagnosis if I have to wait through all the consults.
For those of you that have been treated at Michigan - what have been your experiences and did you have your chemo/radiation treatments at U of M or closer to home (I live near Grand Rapids - 2 hours from Ann Arbor)
I have read through most of these discussions and am touched by your stories and knowledge (and your care for all those on this terrible journey)