Aug 29, 2012 - 3:43 am
Hi my dad who is 77 years old had trouble swallowing his food about a month or so ago would have to throw up every time then the liquids would not stay down, Dr thought it was from his pradaxa so sent him home until it got so severe he got another dr who immediately sent him in for an x-ray which did not show anything so they did the scope down his throat with a biopsy which showed a very large tumor on his esophagus. Which proved to be cancer. (adenocarcinoma) The cat scan and Mri both showed a tumor on his lungs. stomach and pelvis. Pet scan only showed something on the pelvic area, they first said it was stage 4 but now saying that maybe it was just shadows. He is not a candidate for surgery as he had a valve replacement on his heart several years ago. Other wise was in good health. He ended up in the hospital last Sunday because of dehydration. He will get a feeding tube in this friday and a port for his chemo. He will have 28 days of radiation starting on Sept.4th and chemo (carboplatin/taxol) every week for 5 weeks starting on the 6th of Sept. I guess my questions are, is this a normal regime for stage 3 or 4 and does it seem like they are taking there time to do all of this? Also, what is usually the outcome for EC in those stages will the treatments help w/o surgery? Sorry for such a long post, I am so worried about my dad and have been crying nonstop for a couple of weeks when we found out.