Haven't been here in a while, but just wanted to share a little good news as I know I always needed to hear some hopeful stories. Bill's 2nd 3 month check up came out good with no evidence of disease or metastasis. The CT scan shows "residual thickening" in the esophagus and damage to the lungs from radiation, but it is stable and unchanged from the last scan and they think it is scarring from radiation. Such a HUGE relief as I know you will all understand. Bill was diagnosed a year ago tomorrow, what a year of ups and downs this has been. From initial diagnosis, to total discouragement after meeting the local oncologist (truly don't believe Bill would still be here if we had stuck with him), to the decision to go to M D Anderson, to the news there that Bill was not a good surgery candidate or a candidate for proton therapy, then the months of treatment, and here we still are and able to breath for another 3 months until we start panicking about the next check up.
All the best to everyone
Wife of Bill, diagnosed 11/8/2011 T3N2Mx, not a candidate for surgery due to other comorbidities, 2 months induction chemo (bi weekly carboplatin and taxol by infusion and 5FU by continuous 48 hour pump) followed by 6 weeks chemo/radiation (bi weekly carboplatin and taxol by infusion and weekly 5FU by continuous 5 day pump concurrent with radiation). 2nd 3 month check up November 2012 good. Living life until 3rd 3 month check up in February 2013.