Jul 20, 2012 - 9:52 pm
My dad was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Esophageal cancer. He has been through Chemo and Radiation and his PET scan shows "reduced activity" (not really sure what that means). We met with a surgeon at Mayo Rochester (Dr. Shen) and he recommends surgery in 2-3 weeks. My dad is hesitant to do the surgery and the surgeon said he can take a few days to decide. Is there any reason he wouldn't want to go through with the surgery?
We were also not impressed with the Surgeon's manner. He didn't seem to care personally about our situation and was very detached and had a "just the facts" attitude. Is this typical of all surgeons or should we look for someone that seems to care a little more?
Thanks for any help or incite/experiences.