Nov 02, 2012 - 9:35 pm
My dad was diagnosed with stage 2 EC at 54 yrs. old in April of 2011. We went through chemo and radiation for 28 weeks and it was gone; not a trace. Then we opted for an esophendectomy(I don't know if I spelled that correctly)in October of 2011. They found nothing when they went in and although it was a lifestyle change, we were excited. Then in April 2012 he began having pain when swallowing again. A tumor had returned. They began chemo and herceptin from May till Aug./Sept. and nothing had changed. They told him the overdose on antioxidants could have blocked the chemo, so they added another kind of chemo to what he was already taking, plus the herceptin while doing 4 more rounds with 11days between each one where he'd where a pump for 4 days. He start having extreme coughing attacks with the last two rounds of chemo and spitting up blood. Then this very last treatment round left him with extreme pains like gall bladder attacks. He knows he has gall stones from a previous ultrasound at a workplace healthfair. M.D. Anderson won't hear of it. He is so discouraged and has to sleep in the recliner every night. Instead of just ruling it out with an ultrasound, a thoughtless individual called my mother to tell her they'd do an early CAT scan to see if the cancer had gotten worse. It has stayed localized and not moved thus far, but we're just looking for a small break. He was only stage 2; how could this be? There are so many stage 3 and 4 success stories. I'm lost. My mom needs him; I'm 10 hours away, an only child and we have NO other family.