Jul 23, 2012 - 11:04 pm
I wanted to ask for your kind help.
My mother has stage 4 esophageal cancer, and her cancer has spread to multiple lymph nodes near her lungs and tranchea.
Since she was not a candidate for surgery, she was given chemotherapy for about a year.
Unfortunately, however, her swallowing problems became worse and an endoscopy showed that, despite a year of chemo, the tumor was slightly larger than before.
Her oncologist then recommended that she have radiation for 3 weeks only since the goal was to make the swallowing better rather than to cure her.
About 2 months after finishing the radiation, she was given a PET Scan.
After reviewing the PET Scan results, she was told that she had achieved the best results possible, and that many of the cancer cells were dead.
For about 3 months after finishing radiation, she had no problems swallowing. However, over the past month she is once again experiencing some problems swallowing.
Over the past 7 months, she has gradually been losing weight each month, and her weight loss has continued since finishing radiation.
Her oncologist thinks that the reason she is not eating is due to the fact that she still has problems swallowing. He feels that if she swallowed better, her eating would improve.
Her oncologist wants her to have another endoscopy and, based on the results, have a stent placed.
I am wondering if it may be best for her to continue with radiation since the radiation produced such positive results.
Does anyone have any ideas whether it’s best to have a stent or undergo more radiation?
I would greatly appreciate your thoughts and advice.
Thank you for your kind assistance.