Jul 05, 2013 - 3:48 am
I have not been posting in a while but I have been reading everyone's updates. I am so grateful I have found this site where everyone is so supportive.
I wanted to update on Dad's treatment plan. He completed 5 rounds of chemo (paxil and cisplatin) and 27 radiation treatments. He handled it like a champ! He has some nausea and fatigue but continued to have a great appitite and actually gained a few pounds!!
After treatment there was some confusion as we tried to decide if the VA was going to continue his treatment or if we needed to go elsewhere but in the end my amazing sister's persistence and "bill dog" personality allowed us to get the VA to do exactly what we wanted!
Dad meets with his new oncologist on the 9th to discuss the entire treatment plan after surgery. PET scan, PFT's, labs and cardiac perfusion on the 10th and 11th and if all goes as planned he will have the Ivor-Lewis procedure on the 12th.
I have a question about how many surgeons generally do this procedure. The surgeon, Dr. Hoang is a Stanford thoracic surgeon who works with the VA. His resume is impressive but when asked how many esophagectomies he has compleded his answer of "more than 100, less than a thousand" I found a bit elusive. He also intends to do the surgery alone. Others have had a general sugeon do the abdominal portion and the thoracic surgeon do the thoracic portion. How many of you had one versus two surgeons?
It is frustrating that we have not had a scan and will not have one until two days before the surgery. We are all staying very positive that the chemo and radiation worked and the tumor has gotten smaller. In the last week or two, however he has had the sensation of food getting stuck return. Did anyone else get this sensatoin after chemo/radiation and before surgery. Again, we are trying to remain positve but there is always concern in the back of the mind.
I will try to update as the next few weeks progress and will likely have many questions or calls for support over the next few weeks.