May 13, 2013 - 6:32 am
I have been checking out this forum for a few weeks since my Dad was diagnosed with early stage esophageal cancer and it seems everyone is supportive and informative. We have only just got the full picture - stage 1 (I think), adenocarcinoma of lower esophagus with no spread according to ct and pet scans. He will start chemo and raditation this week for five weeks and then will likely have surgery. We saw the surgeon today. The surgery sounds more major than we thought. My Dad is 78 years old, had heart bypass surgery 21 years ago but is in reasonably good health and no heart problems since. The surgery sounds scary though with major possible risks and complications. Dad has about a month to consider whether he wants to go ahead with the surgery although it sounds as if he doesn't have much choice if he wants a reasonable chance of cure. He was told without surgery his chance of total cure is only about 5%, although he could possibly have 2 or 3 years of good quality of life. With surgery it will be about a 50% chance of cure, but a 5% chance he wont make it through the operation. The surgeon is well respected as one of the best in the country (I live in Australia) and has only recently begun to perform the keyhole esophageal surgery.
Of course this is my Dad's decision, but just wondering what others think about all of this?