May 16, 2013 - 5:39 pm
My husband had chemo and radiation a year ago for stage 4a oropharyngeal (esophageal cancer that is high up at the base of the tongue, not the stomach end). He developed a severe stricture almost immediately after radiation was complete. Basically he has been unable to swallow much of anything since except maybe a few thin liquids if he is very careful. He went to 3 different doctors here in the atlanta area who tried to do the esophageal dilation (stretching) thing but they were all unable to do so, even tried using a baby sized peiced of equipment (sorry i dont know what it was called). The opening in his esophagus is evidently extremely small. It is becoming harder now for him to swallow even thin liquids. We are looking for a doctor who is very very good at widening these strictures...someone mentioned the possibility of a Doctor in north carolina who is highly recommended but couldnt give us the name or even the town. Im hoping someone here can help us out? Actually if you know of ANY doctor anywhere who is very good at either stretching (dilating ) the stricture or placing a stent or surgery or anything that would help, please let us know. Husband is really depressed (understandably) about this.