Feb 07, 2013 - 3:22 pm
It's been about 7 months since my dad was DX with Esophageal cancer. I have posted before and got some wonderful advice and now need moe answers. So far my dad has had chemo every week for 5 weeks and around 28? rads. He also had a stent put in so he could eat as he lost about 70 pounds. The stent helped him eat and really didn't have any problems with it until it fell in his stomach but didn't know until he couldn't eat again, the Dr decided to remove it. He had his throat strectched which really helped. not he has to have it strectched once a week a little at a time so they don't tear it. He eats pretty good and is comfortable. I think he is stage 3. In the past my dad had a valve replacement of his heart. But otherwise healthy. My dad is 78 but seems so much younger than that.
My dad went to see a surgeon in Portland, Oregon who is suppose to be one of the best there and told my dad he would not do surgery unless he is 100% sure he will leave the table. He had him do some excersizes and walk a big flight of stairs which my dad didn't do well on (no wonder he had just finished his treatments) So he wanted him to see his cardilogist where he lives (5 hours away) to get an ok on his heart. That cardilogist ok'd him for surgery, so back my dad went to the surgeon. The surgeon told my dad that he will do the surgery on the 28th of feb. But wanted him to see a different cardiologist, b that they have there at there hospital the day before surgery. My dad still won't know for sure if they will do the surgery until the day before it is scheduled. What the surgeon told my dad that he will do a less invasive surgery where they go through the throat rather than the stomach, I think! The surgeon will not give my dad any facts or percentages. I just lost my dear sister and my dad is grieving at this point and I'm worried about his frame of mind going into surgery.
My dad had some questions I hope you all can help with, he would like to know: How much time the surgery will give him rather than not having the surgery. His thinking on this was, if it was only going to give him a couple of years and be in pain the whole time, because he knows how rough the recovery time is, vs. not having surgery and living around the same time. He said if it would give him say about 5 years he would do it but not if it would only give him a year or two. Can anyone tell me if he didn't do surgery could he possibly still live another few years? As far as I know the pet scans came out Ok but will do another one in a couple of weeks just to make sure there is no spread of any cancers. Sorry to make this so long. I would appreciate any help you can give me.