May 08, 2013 - 11:10 pm
Last week my dad called me and told me he had esophageal cancer and that it had spread to his lymph nodes, kidneys, and liver. He's 67 and a heavy smoker. Today he got a feeding tube and a chemo port, and tomorrow he is getting a stent. He says once he gains weight they are going to start chemo. Everything I've read about this sounds awful, but he's acting like he has nothing worse than a cold. I live on the other side of the country so I can't see how he's doing myself. My stepmom says they have not asked about his chances or how long he could expect to live because he would give up if it was bad. Everyone in my family is acting like everything is A-OK, and I feel like nobody is telling me the truth or they are all in denial themselves. I want to make sure I am home for my dad, but I have no idea what to realistically expect in terms of how much time he has left. Is there anyone that has experience with this that can give me an idea? Thank you.