Hi, my dad was dx with esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) in may. I am in Australia but can't seem
To find this kind of supportive network, so was hoping I could join. Dad is 63 and lost his dad to ec 30 yrs ago. My mums dad also died from this 15yrs ago. I know it's a tough battle. My dad was dx at an earlier stage than my grandfathers and his is operable. I don't know exact stage
But it is contained in the esophagus with no mets and we think no lymph nodes. It is quite big though. 2 weeks ago dad finished his chemo and radiotherapy (3 rounds of cisplatin and 5fu at 5 days every 4 weeks, and last 3 chemo rounds overlapped 6 weeks of daily radiotherapy). I understand this was to reduce the size of his cancer and reduce risk of it spreading before he had surgery in 5/6 weeks. He has a heap of tests in mid sept and then they will determine if he must have mie or full surgery. He is at second best cancer centre in Australia. The best is 5 hours flight away. He has a team of v good doctors who specialize in ec and gi cancer.
I have learnt a lot in 3 months, and know our family has a tough road ahead. Dad had pneumonia just before his 3rd round which was promptly treated and only delayed him a week. But after 3rd round he developed a much more aggressive strain of pneumonia and was v weak. He had been in hospital 12 days. Infection cleared but his neutrophils and platelets are v v low and not coming back as quick as we had hoped. He lost 22lbs in the 2 weeks before he was admitted but has halted weight loss now. He is improving but seems so I'll. I can't imagine him undergoing surgery. Radiotherapy seems to have caused a lot of pain in his gullet and also irritated his lungs. Anyone else really hit rock bottom after radio and chemo and still had surgery on schedule?