Jun 03, 2012 - 9:32 am
My husband was diagnosed with cancer at the cervical of the esophagus. This was after having laryngeal cancer and undergoing 35 radiation, 2 chemo and laryngectomy with reconstruction of his throat 15 months ago.
When we met with the medical oncologist he said that Joe would be undergoing 4 chemo treatments, once a week of carboplatin. Now he is telling us that we misunderstood him and that he would have the chemo weekly while undergoing radiation. He has had 14 radiation treatments and 3 chemo. Is this the way they do it? We know that the tumor is small and hasn't spread. It was discovered during a procedure to insert a TEP.
We were also told that surgery is not really an option due to complications from his previous surgery and radiation. Surgery could be done but right now 4 doctors all agreed that the radiation and chemo is the way to go due to the size of the tumor. Who would do this type of surgery? My husband is 75 and had been in good health until 2010 when the largyneal cancer was found. My concern is that he is already loosing weight and that is something he can afford to do. Always has been too skinny for his height. Yes he has a PEG tube and is using is due to all the mucus and throat swelling. I am also worried about all the radiation and his carotid arteries.
Any information and help would be greatly appreciated.