Mar 07, 2013 - 10:11 am
I hve been recently diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. It was found during a routine follow up endoscopy for Barrett's Esophagus. Since the positive biopsy, I have had a CT scan of my chest and abdomen, which was clear except for two small nodules in my lower left lung; I then underwent an endoscopic ultrasound. The EUS placed the adeniocarcinomia with signet ring morphalogy at the GE junction and was smal, only 1/16th of an inch and was still superficial, T1. Biopsies of the surrounding lymph nodes all came back clear. My gastroenterologist referred me to a University Hospital where the doctors recomended an Esophagectomy. I will not have to undergo Chemo or Radiation. I am only 43 years old, wife, mother of two, and work full time and am trying to prepare myself mentally for the challenges ahead after surgery. Can anyone give me some insight as to recovery time and what to expect after the surgery. I have chosen to have the open procedure, THE, (Trans Hiatial Esophagectomy). I know I am blessed for the cancer to be detected so early, but I am still having a tough time emotionally regarding the surgery.