Jun 13, 2012 - 11:41 am
Hello all. After reading the board, I felt compelled to join up. To give you a brief background of my experience, my father was diagnosed with EC on 12/11. The surgeon (who has been awesome) advised him to have an esophagectomy first, then undergo chemoradiation. I've heard of the positive results of this in reverse order, but the tumor was removed on 1/5/12 along with 16 lymph nodes. His surgery was deemed a success; his margins were clean, but one node came back positive. His EC was staged at a 3. The surgeon said in his experience, that my dad was lucky to have it found when he did, even though it turned out to be stage 3.
My dad is in pretty good health at age 64. Within a couple of months, he returned to the gym doing some light excercies and to the golf course. The Chemoradiation process has fatigued him some, but overall it hasn't been too bad. He has lost about 20 pounds because of his smaller stomach that gets full too fast. He has completed the radiation portion and has one more round of chemo next week, then his first post-op scans.
His doctors have been impressed with his recovery process and I continue to be so proud of his positive attitude and of him. He has a great support system with my mother, two sisters, and myself.
This is where I need help....for some reason, I'm getting overwhelmed by negative worries, when right now, I have no reason to be. I keep thinking the cancer is going to come back, etc. I have been praying about and I know that I need to always be focusing on the positive (I do that as well) and taking things day by day.