Apr 01, 2013 - 10:14 am
I am new to this site, and I am hoping I can get some advice. My Mom (72 years young) was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. It is located very close to the stomach. She has finished the chemotherapy and radiation, which took it's toll. Now the PET scan shows the therapies worked, and they don't see the cancer - which I am sure you all know - that doesn't mean it isn't there. The doctors have told us that there is a 75% chance that the cancer is still there and they are recommending the minimally invasive esophagectomy. My Mom has decided the cancer is gone, and does not want to have the surgery. We don't know anyone who has dealt with this type of cancer before, and I am hoping to get some real life pros and cons to having and not having the surgery.
Can anyone help?