Nov 22, 2012 - 10:22 pm
Hello all. I am so blessed to have found this encouraging discussion site. My dad underwent an endoscopy yesterday after having trouble swallowing and weight loss for the last month or so. The specialist said he is pretty sure it is cancer and we will know the results by next week. Of course I have looked online about esophageal cancer and I have lost all hope. Apparently, by the time it is diagnosed, it is too late and there is no treatment. My father is only 52 and had never had a health problem in his life. He did not have issues with GERD so no Barrett's Esophagus, but he did smoke for about 30 years (quit cigarettes 10 yrs ago but smokes 1/2 cigar a night) and drinks moderately. I am devastated but trying to be strong for him. I have a strong medical background, as well as career, so I know this a benign is not a benign growth after seeing the images and reading the report. Can anyone please tell me what options there are for late stages and what facilities are willing to do the surgeries and chemo/radiation that most physicians consider high risk for late stages? Anything would he helpful as I cannot be more devastated and hopeless at this point. Thank you.