Jul 15, 2012 - 12:30 am
I was diagnosed Stage 4 esophageal cancer in Jan 2012. I was going to the gym 5 days a week, ran every day and haven't had a drink or a cigarette in 24 years. I'm $8 and was the picture of health when the symptoms first started in November. After not being able to eat any solid food since December had endoscopy early January when they found the tumor. Doctor gave me 8 to 10 months. Surgery is not an option. Been doing Cisplatin and 5fu every 2 weeks since Feb. The mets to liver has gone down but my initial tumor in the Esophagus has only gotten a little smaller. At least I've been able to eat. Eggs and soups etc. They rushed to put a feeding tube in me but after 6 weeks I had them taken out. Is it the chemo or the cancer that is making me so sick? Has anyone chosen to go off the chemo and did it make you feel better? Also, I was taking the steroids on a daily basis instead of just chemo days because it was giving me energy to get through the day. The doctor made me get off them because of the side effects. Anyone else use them a bit too much, I figure if it at least makes me feel good I should be able to keep taking them, any thoughts?